However, we can’t help but notice that the WPT’s General Counsel, Adam Pliska, whose name sounds like something we’d make up if we were hitting on some skanky chick at a bar and didn’t want them to know who we "really" are ("My name? Uh, I’m Adam. Adam…Pliska."), sounds a little bit "gloaty" in a press release from the WPT concerning the anti-Internet gambling bill. In fact, if you need to put out a press release to state that "you were right" all along about gambling law in America and that you don’t expect it to affect your (what) profits because you were right and planned for this all along, well, you end up sounding like someone who we’d really like to punch in the face. Says Pliska:
"The Justice Department has been very clear that it believes online gaming to be illegal in the United States and our policies have been always been tailored accordingly…This law clarifies the rules and makes it possible for everyone to move forward on an even footing."
The WPT’s press release also says that poker rooms were closing at a rapid pace pre-WPT, and are now booming all over the country. Yes, the WPT takes full credit for this. ESPN and Chris Moneymaker and online poker had absolutely nothing to do with it. Says Steve Lipscomb from his evil ivory tower overlooking Los Angeles:
"It was a wide-spread love of this game and the reinvention of poker as a televised sport that ignited the poker phenomenon…And, that is what will continue to drive the future of the sport. WPTE remains committed to growing the domestic poker market through traditional franchise opportunities like consumer products, sponsorship and events."
In related news, next week the WPT is planning on dropping a press release claiming they were the first to discover the female orgasm and that they, not Ronald Reagan, deserve all of the credit for the fall of communism.