We’ve been watching Dennis Phillips from media row hanging with Mike Carroll (remember him) and a few others as they carry on discussions with various players remaining in the Main Event.
Naturally, we were like, “What the fuck are those two doing together?”
Turns out Phillips is trying to broker some Poker Stars deals for players. Phillips has gone as far as following players into the bathroom and approaching them for deals. We even overheard him telling Jordan Smith that he wanted to take a picture with him, then tried to talk him out of a deal with another site and with Stars.
Multiple industry sources have said that he’s not just pushing players to Poker Stars as an advocate of the site, but that he is doing so to get a cut or percentage of the deal.
Listen, we’re all for people making an extra dollar, especially in The EconomyTM, but Phillips was the “regular guy” who wanted to stay “above the fray.” And by befriending and directing these people to only one site, he’s limiting the bargaining power those individuals have with other sites to get a better deal.
Looks like Phillips though is quickly making the transition from “poker ambassador” to “poker agent.” And if that’s the case, will we see “Salty” Joe Hachem, Daniel Negreanu, or Phil Ivey brokering deals at next year’s WSOP?
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