Granted, there’s a saying regarding something about glass houses that may be applicable here, as we’ve called people
And perhaps Lee is entitled to voice his own opinion of Gold without much deference to grace. Perhaps he earned that right after eight grueling days of poker and outlasting more than 8,700 players, only to get knocked out by Gold when Gold had…um…a much better hand and Lee failed to account for the former Hollywood agent’s tendency to not laydown easily in the face of a massive reraise. We also understand that it all may have been said in the heat of the moment, the fog of battle, or perhaps, the haze from many long hours of poker followed by an early morning of drowning away sorrows and drinking away thoughts of a WSOP title that might have been.
And if Lee simply stopped there during his interview, with his own opinion of how the play went down, we’d maybe give him a pass, especially considering he has hot daughters who may or may not end up as future
“Only problem is, Jamie’s not a particularly good player,” Hoff allegedly told Lee, when the two were privately discussing the hand that sent Lee home.
To refresh your memory, Gold had been getting the best of Lee and pretty much everyone else at the final table with aggressive big stack play and a nice run of cards. Feeling that it was time to play back at the chip leader, Lee believed he had the hand to do it with when Gold limped from the cutoff for 240k and Lee, in the small blind, looked down at pocket jacks (suck). Lee bumped it up to 1.2 million, but Gold didn’t scare and fired back with a 4 million reraise.
Lee, thinking Gold didn’t have pocket Aces or Kings and he’d fold if he had anything less, made the all-in reraise. But
“Your play was great. His play was horrible,” again Lee recounts Hoff as saying. “You’re not gonna get Jamie to laydown a hand. He’s a call horse. He’s a terrible player.”
How putting your tournament life on the line with pocket jacks against an aggressive, fearless, maybe reckless but certainly massive chip leader was a great play beats us. To us, it was part desperation and part bad timing. And likewise, disclosing to the world 12 hours after busting out that Bobby Hoff personally told you that Gold was a terrible player was also part desperation, and part bad timing. Like getting sucked out in an online SNG or taking a bad beat in a live tournament, it takes class and character to walk away without saying something negative about your opponent. And it takes even less to realize you shouldn’t share publicly what others have told you privately. Considering that Hoff and Gold regularly square off in L.A. area ring games, it will be interesting to see if Gold catches wind of what Hoff allegedly said about him, and no doubt, we’re probably helping to make sure he does.
We understand the tendency to crack on out-of-nowhere WSOP winners.
We wonder if Lee had hit his miracle Jack on that hand against Gold and sucked him out, and eventually went on to win the WSOP, would Gold show the same lack of class in interviews.