Polk, Mercier, Cantu and Deeb in Twitter War!

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Polk, Mercier, Cantu and Deeb in Twitter War!
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15 Feb

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A furious Twitter war has erupted involving some of the best-known players in the poker world, with Jason Mercier and Brandon Cantu trading blows publicly about debts which Mercier claims have remained unpaid for too long.


(Photo: Cardplayer.com)


The twittersphere is a notorious medium for the big boys of the game to air grievances and shame their fellow pros for perceived wrongdoings, and this one has had the flames fanned by the likes of Doug Polk and Shaun Deeb among others.

Adding the hashtag PayMeScum, an unhappy Mercier was clearly taking no prisoners and tweeted a screenshot of the text messages which kicked off the ‘shitstorm’ as one 2+2 poster coined it.

As with all these public slanging matches, it didn’t take long for others to become involved, Shaun Deeb stepping in for some reason with a couple of ‘mean’ tweets – even changing his Twitter tag to incorporate Cantu’s description of him…

..bringing yet another player into the stramash, Daniel Weinman adding his own claims of Cantu owing to the affair…

And of course, there is very little happens in the poker world these days without Doug Polk having a say on the matter…



Back to Mercier for another crack of the whip, and by this time Cantu might have been wishing he’d kept it all on the downlow as he seemed to be a lone figure fighting with a number of shadows…

…his retort only making matters worse…

...as Polk fired back…



Cantu may not be as well-known nowadays as his opponent’s in the Twitter fisticuffs, but in the poker hey-day of the mid-noughties he scooped $1,000,000 when he took down the Bay 101 Shooting Stars WPT Championship event, catapulting the then 27-year old into poker stardom.

A WSOP bracelet followed the next year, but it’s been a while since the Vancouver, Washington-born pro has had any huge successes. The current row seemed to fade out in the early hours of the morning, Cantu not so much admitting defeat as too tired to continue…

…but it’s likely that a new day will bring new swings and swipes from poker’s best and brightest, and it’s anyone’s guess who will land the knockout blow, Cantu promising that Deeb at least will be in the firing line…


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Andrew from Edinburgh, Scotland, is a professional journalist, international-titled chess master, and avid poker player.Read more

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