Watch the sparks fly when you have two broke poker players, Mark "Newhizzle" Newhouse and Dustin "Neverwin" Woolf, feuding in public over money.
Here's the backstory. Newhouse and Woolf were friends (are they still friends? Who knows, doesn't seem like it lately.) Newhouse won a big tournament and proceeded to lend out great sums of money to his poker friends. Most of these poker friends were already in debt, and have no way of paying Newhouse back unless they come up with a big tournament score.
Newhouse didn't really care about this when he was rich; the problem is that he has run bad, and is now looking to collect on some of his outstanding debts. Newhouse technically isn't broke; compared to Woolf, he's rich. But the money that is outstanding constitutes a sizable portion of his remaining bankroll, and he understandably wants it back.
According to various people in poker circles, Woolf owes a LOT of money to various people. Someone well-known on the live poker circuit told me that they believe that Woolf owes hundreds of thousands of dollars to various people. Whether or not that is true, who knows. Usually where there's smoke, there's fire, and I've heard from enough people that Woolf is in debt to believe it.
So, I guess that "Newhizzle" is pissed that Woolf is playing a lot of World Series of Poker events. Considering that Woolf owes so much money, it's understandable. The problem is that Woolf has actually been staked in all of the events by Joe Cassidy, and legitimately does not have the money to pay anyone back. If Woolf did end up doing well in the World Series main event, there would be a couple dozen outstretched hands, waiting for their money back.
Newhouse has taken his beef public, writing on his blog that Neverwin owes him money and won't pay him back. He even went so far as to heckle Woolf at his table at the Main Event, while Woolf was playing.
Getting money out of a poker player that is in debt is like getting blood out of a stone; impossible.
Newhouse's best hope is that Woolf makes the final table of the main event. If he doesn't, I highly doubt Newhouse will be getting his money back.
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