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NBC Heads-Up? What a farce!


What a big week it has been for me! I have been in Vegas recording episodes for ‘The Big Game’ and while I can't talk about what happened, let me say that they put me in a game with a group of Russians and I reacquainted myself with a certain Mr Phil Hellmuth junior.

I was very happy with my play and I may have ended Hellmuth's career for good this time. At the end he declared to the producers they have to choose between me or him and that he is never going to play with me again! I destroyed him yet – it's bike time Poker Brat!

However I am wounded at the moment and it has nothing to do with close encounters with Steve Wynn’s dogs in the luxurious villas in Vegas. There is clearly something rotten in the state of Denmark as Shakespeare would say. I have not been invited to the NBC Heads-Up event for four years in a row and I'm not happy about it.

The producer, Mori Eskandani, is a nice person who has all the power in selecting the field and its clear there are many mates and favourites that are in the club and need to be in no matter what. I know that winners of certain events get invited which is completely correct!

However, there is a guest list to fill the other spots. It’s like being outside a club in Vegas with Dave ‘The Devilfish’ Ulliott when Antonio Esfandiari is in the small queue in front of you – your name is not down, you’re not coming in!

The selection process is a farce – Mori is old school and probably hates what I do on TV. I am pissed off for missing out for four years in a row and pissed off at having to beg him to be considered for the NBC heads up.

Televised poker needs a revolution anyway, most of the shows he produces are dull and flat and the politics are just too much for me now. This latest snub will give me the drive to start my own TV production company! Let’s see if I can do it any better.

I don’t have much of a choice if they will not invite me – I will make my own show and make the best poker show in the world. I have always played on every TV show for all sites and have always said that players should be allowed to play on any show if they choose to play but this selection process and the politics that his company is now involved in is just too much for me.

I cannot even get a clear indication from them if I am 65th or 70th, or whatever place I am on the list. Just tell me straight we don’t want you and that is clear enough for me to ride my bike. Mori needs to learn about communication.

I am going to go out in a limb here and say I think I am probably in the top six players for TV events. Do you think it is unfair that I have been snubbed for the NBC Heads-Up?



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