Daniel Negreanu has been heavily scrutinised after he allegedly used the expletive ‘c***’ in a recent interview with PokerPlayer.co.uk.
The four letter curse was directed towards female Ultimate Bet pro and sibling of Howard Lederer, Annie Duke. Open-minded Daniel has never been afraid to voice his opinion, but the word used to describe Duke was far from diplomatic.
Tension arose when Negreanu and Duke disagreed over the existence of the ladies event at the recent World Series of Poker. Daniel supported such an event, citing his disappointment at male entrants using tampons as card protectors, and Shaun Deeb playing in a dress. Negreanu argued women had every right to hold their own tournament, free of male bigotry and chauvinism.
Duke hit back however, claiming that a separate event did no favours for breaking down the sexual barriers in the game. The shrewd Negreanu, however, found the hypocrisy in Duke’s repost. Despite claiming men and women are equal at the felt, Duke, in sync with her UB marketing image, champions herself as the ‘best female poker player in the world’ on her website. Negreanu went on to say, ‘how offensive are you, you f***ing c***?’.
Daniel’s attack has polarised opinion amongst poker circles. Whereas some people have praised him for his candidness, others have berated his terse choice of language. The row has escalated, with Duke calling for PokerStars to take responsibility for Negreanu’s words.
Negreanu has not replied on Twitter as of yet, but Lex ‘RaSZi’ Veldhuis came out in support for the Canadian ice-hockey lover. Lex added it was quite ironic that Duke asked PokerStars to assume responsibility, when Ultimate Bet has attempted to keep its super-user scandal under wraps. The animosity between the two parties is understandable. Duke’s website Ultimate Bet is in direct competition with PokerStars, and her brother Lederer co-owns further rival site Full Tilt Poker.
In other sections of the interview, Daniel discussed his rigorous training regime and decision to remain t-total throughout the 2010 WSOP. He questioned Phil Hellmuth’s ability to win another bracelet given the younger, superior opposition dominating large NLH tournament fields, and lauded praise on Phil Ivey. Negreanu stressed the importance of bluffing in today’s high stakes poker games, and hinted that he is dating glamorous Pokernews journalist Amanda Leatherman.