Originally Posted by jedi
Scab is basically a replacement for someone who is on strike (also possibly applies to a lock out as well).
Thanks. I deleted my post after a few minutes of googling answered my question.
I understand that the refs association has plenty of good reason not to want scab refs coming in, BUT I find it extremely hard to believe that there's not also some sexism at play. I'd be surprised if they actually scrutinized every replacement ref to the degree of finding out that they played in a WSOP before ever officiating. If this was standard, wouldn't it have been news on more than one occasion before? (maybe there have been stories like this in the past?) Or has no replacement ref ever gambled until this one?
edit: I'm ignorant about the history of nfl ref situations like this, and maybe this is actually standard procedure with scabs, but at the very least it seems likely the writers acted differently because of gender (either they wouldn't have written the article at all or wouldn't have written it with the same tone) were it a male replacement.
also, obviously it's sad to see poker get continually **** on