High stakes cash game streamer Richard “GingePoker” Sheils has been attacked on social media by BBZ Poker and accused of faking his results. Jordan “bigbluffzinc” Drummond, founder and CEO of BBZ, posted a video criticising the quality of a course Sheils produced for them and implied the Brit is dishonest about his true ability.
Overstepping the Mark
Poker is full of people pulling each other down; it’s just the way it’s always been. Everybody saying everybody else is bad. Usually though, it doesn’t end with one party accusing the other of being a snake oil salesman.
To attack a fellow high stakes pro and suggest that a database audit by a $1,000 per hour coach will reveal he can’t play is a bit much. Jordan Drummond has been around the block in the poker world and should know better. The partypoker Team Online member really looks to have blown a fuse here.
The story first broke when Sheils appeared on Patrick Leonard’s new YouTube channel. The pair discussed how three months ago Sheils was commissioned to produce a coaching package for BBZ to the value of around $1,000 but they would sell it for $100 and aim to sell a ton of them.
The problem was that Sheils was already running his own academy where students were paying for a comprehensive course. To have given this information away for what is basically a token payment wouldn’t have been fair.
Now, Sheils and BBZ found themselves committed to this deal in what was turning out to be an awkward situation.
The end result was that hours after the GingePoker content for BBZ was launched Drummond pulled the plug, citing advice from a high stakes cash game player friend. Sheils was paid $5,000 for his time and both parties agreed to move on without any public criticism.
It looks as if a slightly clumsy tweet from the GingePoker account explains why Drummond got so bent out of shape. When a follower asked what happened with BBZ the reply was:
“They last minute decided they didn’t like my content – my intuition says I make poker more simple, which reduces how much complicated bs they can sell”
Maybe this can be put down to British English versus North American English because Sheils is not criticising the quality of BBZ’s product here, it’s simply a turn of phrase to refer to “stuff”. It looks as if Drummond saw this and fired back in an over-sensitive way.
Open to a Review
It’s not clear what result Jordan Drummond was looking for when he suggested paying a high stakes coach $1,000 to review Richard Sheils’ database. A GGPoker ambassador contract and verifiable results from the high stakes scene in Macau where he won a whopping $1.4 million in a year.
Those who threw criticism from the sidelines about the GG contract being the only reason he can sit in games of up to $20,000NL online are reaching. Do they really think this contract is enough to back a player to play what are close to the highest stakes running online on a regular basis?
Fortunately Drummond looks to have calmed down and posted a video on Instagram indicating that this is the end of the matter and nothing more shall be said. As a highly-respected member of the poker community this is obviously for the best.
For those who want the tl;dr version: GingePoker, the fastest rising Twitch star of the day, had his results brought under suspicion by BBZ CEO Jordan Drummond. After offering to open his database to an elite high stakes pro and verify his live results with his backer the controversy is now over.
For those who are interested in following this more, check out the GingePoker YouTube channel where he has won more than $50,000 in one month and streamed every hand.
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