Jake Cody Slams Poker Night in America for Fish Shaming

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Jake Cody Slams Poker Night in America for Fish Shaming
26 Nov

Poker Night in America is under fire for ridiculing a recreational poker player at a final table that PNIA was live streaming.

Jake Cody called out PNIA on Twitter for the fish shaming infraction. The PokerStars Team Pro referred to PNIA's commentary as "disgusting."

The incident occurred at the C$2,200 buy-in World Cup of Cards Canadian Poker Championship at the Playground Poker Club in September 2017. Among the final tablists were Mike Leah, Julian Volpe and Sebastien Labbe.

At the time, Labbe had only one cash for $374 listed on the Hendon Mob database. The commentator reported Labbe's meager earnings during a hand in which his play was questionable while holding 7-8 suited and facing a substantial pre-flop raise from Volpe and an all-in from Leah.

The rec player tanked for awhile, prompting the commentator to remark that he was calling the clock on the inexperienced player.

"Labbe, wasting our time for no reason," the commentator said, expecting a fold from the Canadian.

Mentioning Labbe's paltry earnings was bad enough, but PNIA compounded the fish shaming by titling a YouTube video of the action "Embarrassing Play By Amateur at Final Table." That title has since been deleted and replaced with "He Called with What?"

Here's the tweet by Cody that brought attention to PNIA's shameful antics:

The game of poker won't attract more players and grow if recs are ridiculed for their play. Cody noticed a couple more videos released by PNIA that also made fun of less experienced players.

Not surprisingly, Jake got plenty of support from other players who agreed that PNIA was way out of line:

PNIA responded to Cody with a half-assed attempt at an apology, but made no effort of expressing any regrets to Labbe:

For the record, Labbe finished in 6th place for $41,052.

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Charles is a Chicago native and long time poker player who dusted off his journalism degree and began writing about poker following the events of Black Friday in 2011. He has written for a number of leading poker websites, offering his insights and expertise on subjects ranging from online poker leg...Read more


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