Prahlad Friedman, WSOP and WPT winner with more than $2.3 mill in live tourney winnings and successful online poker player, is rumored to be signing with UB.com, most likely in an effort by UB to replace their recent pros lost, Annie Duke and Phil Hellmuth. However, this has caused up quite a stir in the poker community because the now 32-year-old pro was one of the hardest hit players when the whole UB Super-User scandal went down in 2008.
Apparently Friedman was not only cheated out of money by the scam, but out of his dignity as a poker player as well, losing confidence in his poker game and suffering over the following years as he went from an aggressive player to a tighter style of play. He actually stated in the past, “I guarantee you’ll never see me with a poker site or casino logo… I don’t know what they do behind the scenes and who they’re screwing over…The only logo I’d ever wear is some completely green cause, or some charity or No War shirt.”
Now though there are rumors circulating that Friedman might actually be considering signing with UB.com, which has Daniel Negreanu somewhat hot under the collar. Negreanu tweeted that he was proud that Hellmuth walked away from UB, but “So disappointed in @prahladfriedman signing with the devil who stole millions from him. He was so ‘anti-sellout’ and then he did the unthinkable… They must have paid him a lot to join the dark side and endorse the exact same people who ruined him. So sad and so mind-boggling… The current owners of AP/UB are spending Prahlad’s money. They must be mocking him at this point. Cheat the dude and watch him endorse us!”
He added that he in fact liked Friedman but was “disappointed he would do something this stupid after years of saying he’d never sign with a site.”
Other poker pros responded. Jon Friedberg pointed out that it was still just a rumor, suggesting that Negreanu not get all upset just yet. WSOP two-bracelet winner Matt Keikoan said, “I can see people like @RealKidPoker, sitting behind his $4 mil a year PokerStars contract, w/ his nose up in the air, judging other people…And what, PokerStars is some great moral company, out for the good of all mankind? Gimme a break.”