First off, for the uninitiated, "Mikey the Monkey" has been entered into the World Series of Poker by the new poker room, Pokershare.com. That's right. "Mikey the Monkey" is a real monkey. Pokershare is entering a real monkey into the World Series of Poker.
Now, the World Series of Poker is a huge event, with a $90 million dollar prize pool, which will be shown on television hundreds of times on ESPN and ESPN2. There have been people dressed up as nuns, dressed in bunny suits, people singing, etc. That's fine. It's a big event and I understand how it might attract some outlandish people.
I don't mind that at all, and I can see why Pokershare did this. They want publicity, and they got it. But isn't this a little bit stupid? The World Series of Poker is a big deal to a lot of people, including myself. This event has a lot of history. You go from Stu Ungar and Johnny Chan to a monkey?
Also, what do you say to the online qualifier who flies out to Vegas with his wife and kids, and takes a bad beat at the hands of a monkey? Aren't you unnecessarily embarassing that player? Do they really need to hear for the rest of their life that they got eliminated by a monkey in front of a national audience?
I have a sense of humor like everyone else, but I felt like this was a slap in the face to poker purists, and I really hope that Pokershare doesn't get any new players from this publicity stunt.
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