Battle Not-So-Royale over Control/Role of the WPA

by , Aug 20, 2008 | 3:20 pm

Very disappointing … I was hoping for a knockdown, claws-out blood brawl between Wendeen Eolis and Jesse Jones as the two try to position themselves to maintain and wield influence on the future of poker … but alas, Wendeen’s straight-from-the-horse’s mouth recount of the rise and stumble of the WPA takes a relatively sober look at how these types of organizations work, and sometimes how they don’t.

While the outgoing WPA leader does get in a few jabs at Jesse, her predecessor and succesor … where’s the vitriol, the bloodthirst, the instinct to kill-kill-kill!?!?!!!! C’mon, we’re living in an MMA era … and unless you two are gonna both make it to the final table in the next WSOP seniors event, how can we expect good TV ratings if we don’t get to watch poker industry stalwarts violently wrestle for power?!? The web is good enough for being cagey, but next time lets take it to the Octagon!

WPA’s opening shots here.

Part 1 of Wendeen’s response here.

Pokerati on the WPA here.


7 Comments to “Battle Not-So-Royale over Control/Role of the WPA”


  1. Kevin Mathers
    says:

    You forgot to add part 2:

    http://www.pokerplayernewspaper.com/viewarticle.php?id=2821

    I think this is at least the third effort at attempting to organize poker professionals by Jesse that’s fallen through. I know Jesse means well, but he needs to find another someone else who’ll consider leading the effort, because he’s not the person.


  2. Kevin Mathers
    says:

    Er, remove the article you quote Dan (stupid me for not looking at the link first).


  3. DanM
    says:

    My bad on not making the link a little more clear.


  4. Kevin Mathers
    says:

    Which will happen first: Eolis v Jones in the Octagon, or Wendeen finishing her “book” (which she’s been working on for at least 5 years).


  5. Poker Shrink
    says:

    Here’s a poll suggestion: Jesse Jones on one side of an issue, Wendeen Eolis on the other. Without any knowledge of the argument or any of the outstanding issues, which side do you take?

    None of the Above is not an option.


  6. Earl Burton
    says:

    I don’t think it is a question of Wendeen v. Jesse, but more of an indictment against poker players as a whole. We have the WPA, the PPA and several other organizations that are trying to vie for the post as the voice of poker players.

    Poker players need ONE voice…not one about tournament poker, not one focusing on the political aspects, not one looking to get it legalized in an area it isn’t…it needs to have ONE voice. Unfortunately, that is unlikely to happen.

    The poker player is a lone wolf who will, when it benefits him/her, run with the pack. When it deviates from the goals that he/she desires, they will break away and eventually find another pack to run with that follows their goals. The inherent nature in poker players will prevent any success as far as organization.

    I would love to see tournaments standardized…structures similar wherever you play…legalization and regulation of the game, not only on the Internet but also in areas where there are casinos with banks of slot machines but no poker room. Until we quit fighting amongst ourselves, we will not achieve these things.


  7. DanM
    says:

    Shrink, I think that poll would get six or seven votes, though i suspect i suspect there would be lots of phone calls made to sway results.

    Earl, I agree with much of what you say, except for lumping the PPA in with them … true, they have a huge impact on the future of poker, but John Pappas and his crew serve a very different function. Without a group to specifically represent us lone wolves in DC, we wouldn’t stand a chance of anything happening politically in our favor. Even if it still made sense to change some poker laws, we’d probably end up with the World Series of Video Poker being held at Albertson’s.