GPWA Times Magazine - Issue 19 - February 2012

You created quite a stir in the forums a few months back when you stated that what gambling affiliates do is the equivalent of pushing “crack/ciga- rettes/booze. We’re drug dealers.” How do you reconcile the moral qualms you have with the industry and the fact that promoting gambling is your business? And do you draw distinctions between poker and casino gambling? And if so, what are those distinctions? I have no moral qualms, obviously. Gambling is a “Stupid Tax” and some of us pay more than others. Poker is not gambling. It’s math/psychology with a rake. What responsibility do operators and affiliates have in terms of problem gamblers? What steps should be taken by both affiliates and operators to help people who have problems? Take the money slowly so they can keep playing. What prompted you to join the GPWA, and how has it helped you so far? I was a newbie and figured that I needed to join it. The list of affiliate programs and the “new posts” feature on the boards are good. Definitely helps me stay in touch with what’s going on. You once let it be known that you placed second in the world in the 2003 and 2004 Golden Tee World Championships. Please describe the game, for those who may not have played it. Do you still compete at a high level? Yes, I still play Golden Tee. It’s the golf video game with a trackball that you see in bars. If you’re really curious, check this out: – and then check out the related videos. Just so you know, the World Team beat Team USA that year . . . and, with two kids now, I don’t compete at the level I used to. When you need to get as far away from work as possible, where do you go? Shoeless Joe’s to play Golden Tee. How do your family and friends feel about the way you make your living? I don’t tell them much, to be honest. If you were a Star Trek (or Star Wars) character, which one would it be? I’d hope to be Captain Kirk or Commander Riker . . . they get all the alien babes. If you won $50 million in the lottery, what would you do with the money? Spread it around to my family, buy a bigger house and a car with doors that open up. AGE: 39 HOMETOWN: Toronto LIVINGIN: Toronto Suburbs FAVORITE FOOD: Sushi MUSTREAD BOOK: The Foundation Trilogy, by Isaac Asimov SITE: “ I’m so easily distracted it’s crazy. My only tip would be to avoid the Internet entirely, but that seems somewhat counterproductive in our business. ” 67