Posts Tagged ‘Steve Kroft’

Perspectives Weekly: Double Exposure

by , Dec 5, 2008 | 12:56 am


So, last week 60 Minutes decides to “expose” our industry with half-truths and spin. This week, it’s our turn to expose them! Also, get a different insite on the Kentucky domain seizure case. Plus an update on the Gambling Wages Challenge!

RE: 60 Minutes to Air AP/UB Story

“Hatchet job” or “good for poker” or both?

by , Nov 26, 2008 | 6:38 am

There’s been much talk online and off- about the long-awaited 60 Minutes story on the AP/UB cheating scandals — which we now know will air Sunday, to be seen by some 15 million viewers, far more than the 1.9 million who tuned in to see Peter Eastgate follow in Jerry Yang’s footsteps.

The generally spot-on Wicked Chops, for example, have been calling it a “hatchet job”. Well-informed poker-biz insiders have told me privately it’s going to be “terrible for poker”. I’ve even heard some say the WSOP’s cooperating with CBS will prove to be “Jeffrey Pollack’s downfall”.

I respectfully and wholeheartedly disagree.

The fear, of course, is that the piece will end up condemning the entire industry. But look, 60 Minutes doesn’t exactly have a history of botching stories in its 41 years on the air. They typically get pretty darn close to The Truth. There may be some short-term backlash to the not-so-pretty sides of online poker being revealed, but in the long run, we WANT the non-poker public to understand our dilemmas … and, assuming we really are on the right side of the UIGEA, some might argue we need them to.