War Of Words Erupts Between Negreanu & Marafioti Over High Stakes Online Poker Game

April 19th, 2010 – by Glen Farmer

Those who follow the poker industry will know that Daniel Negreanu, one of the world famous poker professionals, has recently been putting in more time at the digital felts.

His sponsor, PokerStars, has been hosting Negreanu at some of the high stakes tables. Negreanu’s Twitter has been hosting a constant stream of chatter over his victories and short comings, but the real excitement was found in the blog of Matt “ADZ124” Marafioti.

Marafioti is a regular at high stakes games, both online and on land. Marafioti is well known for being one of the very outspoken poker players, rivaling even Mike “The Mouth” Matusow in terms of his verbal extravagance. Marafioti’s streak of behavior had once ended with him being escorted unceremoniously out of the World Series of Poker Main Event. In 2009, Marafioti was removed from the poker room for “unruly behavior” while standing as a chip leader during day one of the event.

Marafioti’s blog detailed a $70,000 dollar loss to Negreanu while playing 100/200 No Limit Hold ’em. This prompted Marafioti to exchange harsh words with Kid Poker, making claims such as Negreanu “thinks he is Durrrr now, widening his four-betting and five-betting range a lot.” He also commented on Negreanu’s “smart remarks.”

Further mudslinging included the statement by Marafioti, according to his blog, that said “Anyways Daniel, I am more marketable than you, I do live a better life off poker and I don’t get a free 2 million from PokerStars every year like you do to keep me from going broke (I actually win my money in the game of poker).”

Marafioti had, in turn, issued a challenge against Negreanu. The challenge would entail Negreanu meeting him at any stake of heads up play on PokerStars. Marafioti claims that he will pay Kid Poker $500 an hour just to sit at a table. Marafioti also claimed that he challenged Negreanu to a prop bet of $100,000 over who would cash for more money, in total, over the next ten live events in which they both participate.

Negreanu’s response to Marafioti’s statements and challenge? “If I wasted my time responding to all the completely insane nutjobs on the Internet, I wouldn’t have enough hours in the day…He falls directly into that category of social misfit.”

It is doubtful that Negreanu will accept the challenge, though Kid Poker may make the effort to silence him once and for all. Players who want to follow the action both watch Negreanu on High Stakes Poker or, conversely, open an account with PokerStars, one of the best USA poker rooms.

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