We here at Wicked Chops Poker are not so much into "journalistic integrity" as we’re not into "journalistic integrity."
Don’t get us wrong. It’s not like we don’t occassionally try to provide
So because of this, we don‚Äôt prop ourselves up as the ultimate "poker authority" and we have absolutely no qualms with playing favorites or giving preferential treatment to a kind advertiser. However, if we do, we also make it clear to you that we are sacrificing some "journalistic integrity" because it’s the right thing to do.
Which apparently is a value that Card Player doesn’t see eye-to-eye with us on.
Card Player, coincidentally, claims to be "The Poker Authority." And they are‚Ä¶if "The Poker Authority" now means packing a magazine and website with an almost endless supply of poorly constructed, often boring, stale, and predictable articles WHILE ALSO churning out fluff pieces that are clearly advertising buys for online sites and not telling you, their readers.
We‚Äôre not naive. Sure the entities that comprise Wicked Chops Enterprises LLC all look younger than our years, but our youthful appearances hide the hard-knock life knowledge we learned while surviving on the mean streets of (sub)urban America. So we know that money makes the world go round. In America, at the end of the day, he who has the most money wins (we‚Äôd say ‚Äúhe or she‚Äù but the thought of a woman ever being wealthier than a man is truly laughable‚Ä¶even difficult to type in a joking sense‚Ä¶we must just move on).
And we‚Äôre sure Card Player is laughing all the way to the bank as they whore out yet another cover and feature piece to an online site. At the beginning of the year, it was Calvin Ayre and Bodog (our favorite site, by the way, so click the link above to play where Wicked Chops Poker plays). Last month, Full Tilt got the full fellating treatment with a cover photo that looked suspiciously like the print ad they’re running in magazines now because it is the print ad they’re running in magazines now. And most recently, Card Player bends over and takes the money spew from NakedPoker.com, loosely framing a story about the not-naked-enough-if-your-name-is-Naked poker site into an examination of how poker sites are using sex to sell.
Granted, we’ll admit, you don’t wanna know what we‚Äôd do if any of these online sites came at us waving a million dollars in our face. Sure, we already have our yachts and butlers and use $20 bills to toast marshmallows, but a million dollars is still a million dollars, and the list of things we‚Äôd do for a million dollars would make Bob Saget’s Aristocrats joke seem like a frigin’ nursery rhyme.
But we are not Card Player. We don‚Äôt claim to be poker‚Äôs leading legit source of news and strategy. We don’t have that unspoken commitment with our reader’s to uphold a standard of journalistic integrity like they do, even though we still try our hardest to do so.