Following unsubstantiated rumours that Prahlad Friedman may be about to sign with UB.com, the poker community has been weighing in with their opinions on the possible move.
Prahlad Friedman is a highly successful WSOP and WPT winner with over $2.3 million in live tournament winnings, as well as a lucrative online poker career.
However, at the heart of the controversy is the fact that the 32 year-old US pro was one of the worst affected players to be hit by the UB “Super-User” scandal back in 2008. Not only was Friedman apparently cheated by the scammers at the time but he subsequently lost confidence in his game and his results suffered over the next few years as he adjusted from a hyper aggressive style of play to a very tight style, instead.
That added to the fact he had previously indicated his high principled stance on the subject and stated categorically:
“I guarantee you’ll never see me with a poker site or casino logo…I don’t know what they do behind the scenes and who they’re screwing over…The only logo I’d ever wear is some completely green cause, or some charity or No War shirt.”
However, the rumour that Friedman may now be about to make a U-turn and join UB.com hasn’t gone down well with the ever-outspoken Daniel Negreanu, who posted on his Twitter account that he was proud of Phil Hellmuth to have left the site, but:
“So disappointed in @prahladfriedman signing with the devil who stole millions from him. He was so ‘anti-sellout’ and then he did the unthinkable… They must have paid him a lot to join the dark side and endorse the exact same people who ruined him. So sad and so mind-boggling… The current owners of AP/UB are spending Prahlad’s money. They must be mocking him at this point. Cheat the dude and watch him endorse us!”
Negreanu also added that he actually liked Prahlad Friedman but that he was “disappointed he would do something this stupid after years of saying he’d never sign with a site.”
It wasn’t long before Negreanu received some interesting responses to his provocative comments, with WSOP bracelet winner Jon Friedberg pointing out it was still only a rumour, and two-time WSOP bracelet winner Matt Keikoan responding:
“I can see people like @RealKidPoker, sitting behind his $4 mil a year PokerStars contract, w/ his nose up in the air, judging other people…And what, PokerStars is some great moral company, out for the good of all mankind? Gimme a break.”
Whether Prahlad Friedman is about to end an era by joining UB.com remains to be seen, but until an announcement is made the debate amongst poker enthusiasts is set to rage on for a while yet.