Elezra's hat angers railbirds
July 19, 2011, Posted by Pokerfarm
Eli Elezra is one of the old school. A former Israeli commando, shrewd businessman and regular within some of the biggest cash games in the world, it would be fair to say that Eli is normally right on the money when it comes to making decisions. However a recent event has called his judgement into question somewhat.
Elezra had a solid main event this year at the WSOP. Two nights ago he was knocked out in 107th place, good for $54,851. He was moved to the feature table shortly before his elimination, where ESPN were streaming the action live to a worldwide audience with a 30 second delay.
It was a normal feature table at the WSOP, a mix of young pro's, old guard and internet qualifiers. What was most unusual though was that Eli Elezra was sporting a Full Tilt Poker baseball cap. The front logo had been covered over, but once the ESPN camera shot the table from behind the action, it was clear as day that Elezra had not patched up the back of his cap.
You have to question Mr Elezra'a reasoning for clearly promoting the Full Tilt brand in such turbulent times. Moreso for wearing the FTP logo with pride at the World Series which undoubtedly houses the most concentrated population of disgruntled Full Tilt customers anywhere.
Elezra has certainly provoked discussions amongst the poker community - Some see it as a positive sign that FTP will be back, and some are incensed that he would be so disrespectful to wear Full Tilt's name when so many livelihoods have been affected. Either way, it will be interesting to see how this story develops and which other big name FTP pro's begin to wear the logo publicly.
You can catch Eli's reasoning in his interview here