Exclusive Interview With Chris Ferguson: “I Keep Cashing Just To Piss You Off”
World-famous professional poker player and Full Tilt Poker founder Chris Ferguson just keeps on cashing, having success and making final tables and he’s doing it solely to piss you off.
Apparently, Chris Ferguson had something like 194 cashes at this year’s World Series of Poker. After each of these results, he smiled softly to himself because he knows just how much it tilts you.
All the way back in 2011, he was one of three Full Tilters to be indicted by the Department of Justice in the crackdown on poker, Black Friday. He chose to take a six-year absence from the WSOP, but returned last year under the impression that nothing had happened on his way to 13 cashes and two final tables.
Now, this year has much of the same. Every time you logged in to your computer there he was again – cashing in the latest Omaha Hi-Lo event or something.
This year, Ferguson is even leading the WSOP Player of the Year race. He of course doesn’t care about that.
He just knows how much you will throw a temper tantrum in your living room if he wins.
I and others some question why Ferguson keeps returning to the Rio. Many players are still displeased with him; stealing millions means he clearly doesn’t need the money. When questioned, Ferguson had this to say:
“Undoubtedly it’s just because I love playing poker. I love the competition. It’s not about the money to me. It’s going up against the best with your mind.”
Like… what an ass.
Yes, it gets worse: Ferguson went on to add that he doesn’t even collect his winnings either. He lets the Rio manage it and add it to their rake.
Also, Ferguson was kind enough to talk to BCP reporters in his very first interview since the events 2011. Now, nicely enough, he was very candid in his responses.
I asked him how he continues to play at such a high level his response was simple:
“So, I don’t do this for me. I do it for those poker players at home.
“I do it for the kids watching on ESPN that will never dream of a chance to play for life-changing money. I do it for hundreds of thousands of poker fanboys who would love nothing more than to see me fail. And finally, I do it for ol’ Howard Lederer. He’s my best friend.”
Putting on shades, Ferguson then winked at our reporter before heading off to probably make Day 7 of the Main Event or some shit.
He won a free World Series of Poker Europe Main Event seat for leading the Player of the Year race and says Europe won’t be the end of his run of min-cashing.
Dreams of Ferguson apologising to the poker community and returning the tens of millions of dollars he stole are in tatters, so the poker community have decided to take action the only way they know how:
Everyone is kind of just ignoring it and getting on with their lives.
So it goes.
Article credit: Keith Woernle