No Left Turn: Southpaw Dealers Shut Out from Feature Table

by , Jul 15, 2009 | 7:28 pm

Southpaw WSOP dealers: We want a pitcher, not a belly itcher!

We’re down to 14 players in the main event — Phil Ivey’s the remaining good guy, Jeff Shulman’s the bad guy, and James Akenhead’s the Brit …

On a recent hand — being broadcast on screens set up outside the ESPN poker stadium — we saw a chopped pot: A-A-4-4-5 … where both players’ Ks played as a kicker. After the applause, Robbie the on-stage TD said over the PA, “How ’bout a round of applause for these dealers. They’re working hard for you today, and are some of the best in the business!”

That may be true — but only if you’re right handed.

When WSOP dealer supervisors sent their best of the best to ESPN for TV-table dealing this year, those who happened to be left-handed were sent back. Supposedly it has something to do with their laying out the flop “backwards” … but even lefties who had trained themselves to do it like a righty were still not welcome. ESPN decision … not one worth fighting for the tourney staff’s perspective, since they did have enough righties in the mix who could handle the job of pitching cards on the feature felt.

4 Comments to “No Left Turn: Southpaw Dealers Shut Out from Feature Table”

  1. melissa h

    why is jeff the bad guy?

  2. Poker Shrink

    Clearly this is a sinister plot! The left-handed thingy.

  3. DanM

    lol, keep reading melissa … he is relatively unloved by the media, and he’s said that he plans to throw the bracelet in the trash should he win it — to protest the WSOP’s treatment of CardPlayer.

    is “bad guy” too harsh? please don’t tell me if it is!

  4. SangyFarha

    And behind the scenes pulling all the strings is Angela Landsbury. The fact the Hungarian Forint gained value against the dollar today proves it!