Poker pro Sam Greenwood, who recently won the Aussie Millions $50,000 Challenge, has taken exception to German high roller poker pros. The Canadian recently launched a Twitter attack against them, claiming that they’re “vultures waiting for worse recs to join the tourney.”
Greenwood explained himself by tweeting that many German pros wait on the sidelines to see who’ll enter an event before they play. If they find the tournament to be juicy, they’ll enter to take advantage of lesser competition. This is essentially the definition of poker vulturing, hence why Greenwood used this term.
He was especially angry since the $50k event that he won only featured 4 players. Greenwood felt that the Germans intentionally stayed out because they felt that they’d face resistance.
Greenwood Feels that these Pros should be Ashamed
Another poignant insult that Greenwood leveled is that the German high rollers “should be forced to wait in a Pen of Shame.”
Germans are, by and large, considered to be the top high-roller players by nationality. But Greenwood questions whether this is truly the case, given that they allegedly dodged competition in the $50k Challenge. He also brought up an example on how German pros behaved at a Prague event.
“Look at the Prague 50k,” he tweeted. “Two good recs were regged from the start and most of Team Germany hung around in the tourney room like vultures waiting for worse recs to join the tourney. It’s predatory and cowardly.”
Not the Only One to Question These Players
Greenwood isn’t alone in questioning the behavior of German high-roller pros. Scotland’s all-time money leader, Niall Farrell, and 2015 WSOP Main Event winner Joe McKeehen supported Greenwood’s accusations.
Meanwhile, famed German pros Koray Aldemir and Steffen Sontheimer defended themselves and called Greenwood’s tweets “laughable on so many levels.”
Sontheimer accused Greenwood of still being angry after he lost heads-up to Germany’s Fedor Holz in the 2016 EPT Barcelona Super High Roller.