Originally Posted by garycarter23
I was in on the meetings to talk about the banner issue...what happened is that we discussed the fact that 50 percent of poker players are scammers and bad people so that meant we would have just been blacking out another guy each year. who is going to scam everyone for 300 million? which professional is going to not honor their debts for 200K? who is going to pull the online funds for straight up cash ploy?, etc etc. so we decided that we will put up each banner whether they are a scumball or not.
Of all the improvements that WSOP 2012 could offer over WSOP 2011, adding Russ Hamilton's banner should be pretty low on the list.
Also, the logic that because thievery is wide spread we should remove one of the few possible remaining sanctions against a leading thief is pretty terrible. That should be an argument to remove more banners of cheats, not less.