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Chad Is Dissatisfied With Scheinberg's Poker Hall of Fame Nomination

2020-12-24

The annual release of the Poker Hall of Fame finalists list is always a good place for discussion. The truth is that debate is usually reserved for poker fans and the media. The nominee usually does not attend public events back and forth. However, this week, Norman Chad, a live commentator who has participated in the World Series of Poker for a long time, spoke about the nomination of PokerStars founder Isai Scheinberg.

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The importance of PokerStars

In terms of background, PokerStars was an important participant during the poker boom. Especially because off-site poker rooms popularized off-site satellite tournaments. The 2003 WSOP Main Event champion Chris Moneymaker won the prestigious qualification through the PokerStars Satellite. Since then, PokerStars has become the destination of the tournament. The next two main event champions Greg Raymer and Tony Hachem became PokerStars pro players.

When UIGEA passed away in the fall of 2006, online poker rooms (particularly partypoker) withdrew from the US market. PokerStars took over as the world leader. In 2011, the Department of Justice filed prosecution against Scheinberg and ten other off-site poker officials for crimes such as money laundering and illegal business operations. Scheinberg stayed in the US until 2019 when he finally surrendered to the US authorities and negotiated a plea agreement. In September 2020, he was sentenced to fixed-term imprisonment and a minimum fine for operating an illegal business.

A Few Words From Norman Chad

Norman Chad certainly understands the importance of Scheinberg in the history of off-site poker. But he believes that people who do not abide by the law and build their own off-site poker empire should not be respected.

"Like PartyPoker, PokerStars has had an undeniable impact on the growth of off-site poker," Chad wrote on Twitter. "When U.S. laws changed in 2008, many operators stopped serving the U.S. market (most importantly PartyPoker). Scheinberg chose to continue and benefited from the abdication of good actors."

Norman Chad continued: "But, for sure, let us admire a guy who has filled his pockets with poker money through years of circumventing American laws." "Of course, this is bad law, but it doesn't change. Isai Scheinberg ignored this fact at all."

He concluded that if the poker world does not respect cheaters, it should not respect "businessmen who cheat the system."

Most off-site poker communities strongly oppose Norman Chad. They think the law is bad, but think PokerStars welcomes the US government. So that American poker players can continue to play the game, which is good.

Norman Chad’s critics continue to say that PokerStars is not much bigger in the United States than the United States, which owns PokerStars. Even Full Tilt Poker, UltimateBet and Absolute Poker, which are now condemned, left the US market after UIGEA. The crazy growth of the World Series of Poker in the first decade of this century is largely due to PokerStars and online poker. This means that Scheinberg and PokerStars are partly responsible for Norman Chad's nomination for the Poker Hall of Fame.

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