Jack Effel Rejects Tone Of Matt Glantz's WSOP Criticism

Jack Effel Rejects Tone Of Matt Glantz's WSOP CriticismUS pro Matt Glantz does not refrain from speaking his mind when it comes to the state of the online poker industry, as you would expect from someone who once played online under the screen name “PokerGodZeus”, and at this year’s World Series of Poker the former options trader had a whole string of choice complaints to level against the competition.
Amongst Glantz’ main criticisms was the poor quality of the WSOP playing cards, the lower buy-in mixed tournaments which allowed too much play at the start and not enough later on, and the below par WSOP media coverage following PokerNews being dropped from the live reporting schedule.
“The WSOP is losing its luster. I can honestly say this is the first summer I have ever had the thought that I might not come back next year. I might actually skip the WSOP. When talking about it with my peers I am hearing similar thoughts across the board. You should be greatly concerned. You should be scared.”
Just one week after the series drew to a close, Matt Glantz has been renewing his criticism of the organization and in a tweet posted on WSOP Tournament Director Jack Effel’s (photo) twitter page suggested that a Players’ Committee be set up to anticipate and and deal with issues before the series begins, rather than having to sort them out midway. As Glantz tweeted:
“A Players’ Committee is not needed to fix the mistakes of this year or years past. A Players’ Committee is needed to prevent similar mistakes from happening in the future.”
That was enough for Matt Glantz to find himself banned from Jack Effel’s twitter account, and soon after he ironically wrote:
“Seems like an appropriate response to fair criticism. Oh well. Guess I’m done guys.”
Nevertheless, the block lasted only until the following day when Glantz, and possibly a number of other critical players, found themselves able to access his twitter account once more. As Effel tweeted:
“I regret blocking any1 & apologize 4 offending U. Always been a man of the people but respectfully ask that comments be made in good tone TY.”
As far as Jack Effel is concerned, it appears Matt Glantz should now tread more carefully and take a crash course in constructive criticism before making any further suggestions to the WSOP Tournament Director in future. Perhaps, he may even consider using a few choice openers before launching in on his opinions, such as avoiding “need to” phrases and using ones like “you might consider,” and “have you thought about”, instead. Just a thought!

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