So when you hear a story that's in exact contrast to that, you realize that despite all of those things, it can still be a gentlemanly game.
In Round 3 of the recent $10k Heads-Up Championship at the WSOP, Bluefire.com poker pro Jason Senti drew Erik Seidel. Nine-time bracelet winner, poker icon Erik Seidel.
Seidel ended up being 15 minutes late for the match, but rather than forcing him to be blinded off, Senti capped his cards and patiently waited for his opponent to arrive.
A courtesy few poker players would allow.
It's refreshing to hear a story like this in amongst a sea of degenerate tales. Especially because Round 3 was the money bubble and you could steal a ton of blinds with no opponent.
Turning down an early chip lead against a proven performer in Erik Seidel says alot about one's character.
In the end it worked out anyway, as Senti shipped the Round 3 match before finally succumbing to Benjamin Sprengers in Round 4.
So kudos to Jason Senti for showing some character and winning things his way, fair and square.