Wednesday July 20, 2011 : BAD TASTE IN ALLEGED BRUNSON TWEET ON POKER PAYOUT
Tweet on mafia-style car boot payment creates a stir
Todd Brunson is reputed to be something of a poker prankster when it comes to provocative tweets on the social messaging facility Twitter.com, but this week a tweet allegedly originating from the poker ace apparently backfired, with some very critical comments flying on poker message boards across the internet.
The cause for the uproar was an allegation that Brunson and a person widely associated with beleaguered Full Tilt Poker, Howard Lederer, had met in Las Vegas. The tweet claims that when Brunson said he was short of cash, and that he had funds locked up in Full Tilt, Lederer took him to a car, opened the boot and paid out $150 000.
Brunson allegedly made the following late night tweet, with a picture of Lederer:
"Look who I just ran into.. I told him the wsop killed me and I was cash short……"
"He asked how much I had on tilt and I told him 150k.. He said come with me. We went to his car and he opened his trunk and paid me!!!!!!"
The tweet was picked up by the Quadjacks poker information site, and the report Tuesday started a firestorm of message board exchanges across online poker sites as players debated the veracity of the Brunson claim and the ethical boundaries of so-called "joke" tweets.
When we went to press there had been no comment from either Brunson or Lederer, but the issue was still being discussed among players.