The Captain & the Greek Hop Aboard the Struggling WPA

by , Nov 28, 2008 | 2:45 pm

A little more than two weeks ago, World Poker Association (WPA) founder Jesse Jones sent an e-mail to the organization’s members asking for those with an interest to join the Board of Directors. Though Jones plans to continue as a board member, his declining health prevents him from performing as its leader.

Asked and sorta received. Tom Franklin and John Leontakianakos stepped up and claimed positions on the board. Both players have been in the game for a number of years and have experience in poker as well as business. Their bios are on the WPA website.

While Leontakianakos, nicknamed “The Greek,” claims to have been playing high-stakes poker for more than 31 years, he is a relative unknown in the tournament poker community. But that might be a plus as compared to Franklin (“Captain” Tom, that is), who has a proven track record at the poker tables through the years but also gained quite the reputation, deserved or not, through the trials and tribulations of the late Brandi Hawbaker. The much-discussed story was that there was a penis-on-the-back (POB) incident between Franklin and Hawbaker (I think you can put the pieces of that puzzle together), and his reputation has been somewhat scarred in the past two years with POB references.

For the sake of the WPA, Franklin will rise above reminder posts like this those references and do some good for the organization. And who knows…..maybe a few others will step up and fill in the rest of the vacancies on that board.


7 Comments to “The Captain & the Greek Hop Aboard the Struggling WPA”


  1. DanM
    says:

    I willing to forgive and forget the Captain Tomming … so an old man got played by a stripper-cum-railbird. He’s in the unfortunate position where he can’t really defend himself without saying the chick was crazy, and that doesn’t look too good when she’s not here to defend herself.


  2. Kevin Mathers
    says:

    Am I the only one to think that it’s ironic that someone involved in containment security, that’s involved in seaports (think UIGEA) is involved with a poker organization?

    Also, how desperate can Jesse be if he’s got a cash game player involved with an organization trying to organize tournament poker players?


  3. DanM
    says:

    ***involved in containment security, that’s involved in seaports (think UIGEA) is involved with a poker organization?***

    i’m not sure i understand. seaport containment security?


  4. Kevin Mathers
    says:

    Safe Port Act, does that help?


  5. DanM
    says:

    I get that part, but what is Capt. Tom’s connection to all that?


  6. Johnny Hughes
    says:

    I think Capt. Tom was the guy who did cheating demonstations at the early Series. Anyone who could make all those moves had to practice many hours a day for some time. Folks who practice cheating all the time have larceny in their hearts. Capt. Tom will have his hand in their pocket and his dick in their back.

    If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it is probably a quack.


  7. Kevin Mathers
    says:

    I was referring to the Greek only, not Capt. Tom.