2012 WSOP Poll: Should Main Event Banners Be Removed?

Dan Harrington deserved better...

It came up on the 2012 World Series of Poker media conference call and has been a topic of conversation since Russ Hamilton and UB super-used $20M+ from its customers: should past Main Event champs who have (allegedly) disgraced the game still have their banners hung in the WSOP tournament area?

There’s been an on-going shuffling of Hamilton’s banner over the years. And while Amarillo Slim (rest in peace) never got the cover-up, some have argued he should have as well.

This year, after the Full Tilt debacle, “some” are arguing that Chris “Jesus” Ferguson‘s mug should be tucked away.

So we’ll put it up for a poll. Whose banner should be removed? Should anyone’s? Have at it.

Editor’s Note: Our take is that all banners should stay up unless the offender did something specific to the WSOP itself.



4 Responses

  1. fraac

    May 11, 2012 8:57 am, Reply

    Poker is a sport for squeaky clean niceguy athletes. It’s reputation shouldn’t be spoiled by facts.


    May 11, 2012 10:03 am, Reply

    1. Russ Hamilton and Chris Ferguson won the WSOP. It’s a great accomplishment, regardless of what they may or may not have done years later in regards to online poker.
    2. Their banners do not tarnish the WSOP’s reputation. Winning a bracelet is a huge accomplishment, banners or no banners.

  3. Pookah

    May 11, 2012 10:42 am, Reply

    For the same reason Pete Rose should be in Baseball’s Hall of Fame. This is for what you accomplished, not for what you did elsewhere.

  4. Earl Burton

    May 11, 2012 5:28 pm, Reply

    The WSOP Champions Banners are something along the lines of the Hall of Fame. They are there to honor the achievement, not the person in general. They should stay up (all of them) regardless of what the person has done. O. J. Simpson is still in the Football Hall of Fame, right?

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