Monday, January 31, 2005

A-Paulle-ing (excuse the pun please)

Mike Paulle is without doubt the worst tournament reporter in the business. He is far worse than the abysmal Max Shapiro.

But Paulle has sunk to new depths with his latest article:

In short he critices the winner of the WPO at Tunica, John Stolzmann, for "only" leaving a $500 tip when 3% of the prizepool was kept as a player toke already!

Here is a taste of the nonsense he writes:

"'Did he do it on purpose, or didn't he know any better?'

That was the question asked, most frequently, after the WPT winner John Stolzmann left only $500 as a tip for the dealers on a win of $1.5 million"


"I sense that most players don't have a great deal of sympathy for miserly dealer tokes. I don't either. However, when someone deviates so far from the norm, the gap itself becomes news".

The question has to be asked what business is it of Paulle's how much Stolzmann left on top of the 3%? And even if it is his business, it certainly isn't his place to criticise it.

My advice is to read ths article quickly. I would guess Pokerpages wouldn't leave such rubbish on their site for long...


Anonymous Anonymous said...

On RGP, Stolzman said he emailed Paulle his reponse to the article, hopefully it'll be on pokerpages tomorrow. As to tournament writers, I liked Oliver Tse's and Jon Eaton's updates on Reading the dastadly duo of Shapiro/Paulle makes one miss the presence of Andy Glazer even more.

4:36 PM  
Blogger Andy_Ward said...

I thought it was bang out of order as well. He's wrong to go public without talking to Stolzmann ; he is clearly oblivious to the fact that many top players believe that 3% taken out is plenty and so don't tip ; and quite apart from anything else, how could Stolzmann know any better if he's never won a major tournament before ?

As I understand it, if you do tip then most of it gets hoovered up by the staff at the top, who are already doing quite nicely tyvm.


6:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I played against Paulle in many a one table sat in the chaos at the nuggett surrounding the wsop last year. I say played, mostly I watched him dump the lot off to his mates. He is a prick in word and deed.

6:31 PM  
Blogger SimonG. said...

'The situation is sensitive and requires a good bit of diplomacy.'

Nice diplomacy taking an open pop at the poor guy! His 3% withheld amounts to $45k. I don't have a problem with a dealer pool operating. 1st prize or not, I'm sure it is quite hard to volunteer $45k of money in your hand as a tip when it comes to the crunch. The guy who finished 2nd left $15k extra and it is irrelevant that that's no more than a loose call on the turn in his regular game, even though that was the first thought that sprang to my mind. Regardless, it was still a generous gesture which I am sure was intended to remain private.

Paulle's suggestion of how he would have handled it sounds even worse!

5:26 AM  

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