The tussle between Vanessa Kade and GGPoker just escalated. GGPoker has terminated Kade’s affiliate account.
The conflict/tussle between GGPoker and Kade stemmed from the former’s decision to appoint Dan Bilzerian as a brand ambassador. A decision that did not augur well with Kade.
For context, Vanessa kade is a professional poker player of unquestionable repute. However, on the other hand, Bilzerian is a popular recreational poker player, but a section of the poker community may question his moral compass.
To be fair to Kade, hosting scantily dressed models at high-profile parties does not exactly paint a moral picture. On the flip side, Bilzerian’s lifestyle is the primary driving factor vis-à-vis his popularity.
Vanessa Kade rebukes GGPoker
After GGPoker appointed Bilzerian as its brand ambassador, Vanessa Kade didn’t mince words and accused GGPoker of appointing a misogynist.
Sponsoring a sleazy, sexist tool with toxic followers as poker’s biggest ambassador lends validity to the idea that he’s an accurate representation of our sport.
Not unlike supporting a president with similar traits because he would benefit our bottom line.
Not worth the price. https://t.co/890sSmMSl1
— Vanessa Kade (@VanessaKade) December 3, 2020
Bilzerian didn’t waste time before unwittingly replying, a sexist remark at best.
Quiet hoe, nobody knows who you are
— Dan Bilzerian (@DanBilzerian) December 4, 2020
GGPoker fights back
After a long war of words on Twitter, it simmered down for a while. However, a decision by GGPoker to close Vanessa’s affiliate account has reignited the debate all over again. According to the poker giant, Vanessa contravened terms and conditions which occasioned the closure of her account.
GGPoker Statement on Recent Issue: pic.twitter.com/kCR72dvNp3
— GGPoker – HOME OF ONLINE POKER’S LARGEST PRIZEPOOL (@GGPoker) March 12, 2021
The statement split the poker community right in the middle. That being said, a section of the community believes that GGPoker didn’t do anything wrong while some believe GGPoker only cares for its bottom line. Here are some of the responses.
While you cannot control how your representatives behave, you do not have to let them continue to represent @GGPoker. Sometimes you have to admit to a mistake, right your wrong, and move forward productively. You have a clear out in this case. 📈📈📈
— Jonathan Little (@JonathanLittle) March 13, 2021
Jonathan what I find ridiculous is that they claim they have a contract that they have to honor. Could you ever imagine a company that hires ambassadors to represent them doesn’t have a clause that allows them to void it if someone misrepresents their brand.
— Jason Harvey (@Harvey954) March 13, 2021
From the spat, there’s undoubtedly an ideological rift. For decades, women have been forced to take a backseat, especially in poker. And GGPoker’s actions are a testament. In my own opinion, hiring a brand ambassador with a long history of demeaning women is a step in the wrong direction.
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