Jimmy “Gobboboy” Fricke Gets More Than a No from Full Tilt

Now, one would think that in order to be someone of authority in a online poker gaming operation, and one who makes decisions on who they should and should not bring aboard or sponsor, would have to be educated, smooth, and able to not make tiny mistakes that could end up costing their company credibility. Well, like I said, one would think.But with gaming communities making so many little mistakes that make a world of difference in the way they are viewed, as a company recently, is it happening on purpose?

We all would assume that everyone knows to not hit the “forward” on an email if you don’t want another person seeing the contact within the message. And we all make mistakes but when representing such a huge company like Full Tilt Poker.

But what happened apparently that a player by the name of Jimmy “Gobboboy” Fricke contacted Full Tilt Poker in hopes that they may want to sponsor him after taking second at the Aussie Millions last year.

Fricke proposed that in exchange for wearing Full Tilt gear they would sponsor him in main events. I am sure that he was prepared for a simple yes or no answer but what he got was so much more.

As it turns out, Jimmy got back bad news stating that Full Tilt Poker doesn’t currently taken solicitations for sponsorships. They continued that if they were interested in him at some point in the future, they would contact him.

Sounds polite enough and sort of generic right? Wrong. There is more to it then just that as at the bottom of the email is the emailed response of other Full Tilt employee who was explaining their reasons for why Jimmy should not be given a chance.

“The guy’s a freak and a very weird dude. He is also quite young. I think we should stay away.


Well, that certainly sounds more like water cooler gossip then something that should be included in a formal email. Could it be that more and more gaming operations aren’t being careful about mistakes, or are these mistakes being made on purpose in an attempt to get a bigger message across?

Bookies Sweating Al Gore

Why does Al Gore have bookmakers a little nervous lately? There sweating over a bet they have out giving 100 to 1 odds about the former Vice President. There are three conditions that Al Gore has to satisfy in order for someone to get paid on this bet:

• Winning an Oscar
• Becoming a Nobel laureate
• Taking up residence in the White House

Gore’s film on the changing campaign climate, An Inconvenient Truth, this year pulled off winning the Oscar. Friday Gore took the next step, winning the Nobel Peace Prize for his work along with the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change raising awareness about global warming.

Ladbrokes spokesman Robin Hutchison stated, “He seems to have the Midas touch and if his supporters encourage him to stand he may shake up the whole race.”

Pre-Nobel Prize announcement Al Gore was 10/1 on becoming the next U.S. president, after the announcement bookies have cut the odds to 8/1. Hilary Clinton is still the favorite at 4/7.

Extreme Poker From 90m UP

There is high stakes poker, and then there is Extreme Poker. In Australia, specifically Sydney Harbour’s North Head bluff, 6 daredevil poker players took their seats today at the poker table which happened to be on a platform 90m above the ocean for a rousing game of Texas Hold’em.

What’s next? The Extreme Poker Final at St. Kitts in the Caribbean and will be held underwater. Also, all the participants will receive an entry to a more convention poker tournament in the tropical retreat.
So what could be more nerve racking than playing at these heights, add in high winds and that when you got knocked out the only way down was to jump. Hugo Asenjo a 24 year old restaurant supervisor held it all together though and won the event.

Asenjo said “The wind was so strong we thought the game was going to be called off. It was really hard to try and concentrate on the game when the entire time you’re just thinking, don’t look down.”
As for as the Extreme Poker Final is concerned, “I must admit I’m a bit concerned about that,” said Hugo, “I can’t say I’m much of a scuba diver.”

Peter Marcus, Founder of Extreme Poker, said, “We’re definitely coming back next year. We just need to find the next challenge.” Marcus has taken the tournament to the Caribbean, the Arctic Circle and over the Nevada Desert, and now Australia.