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Negreanu v. Duke Feud Heating Up Again; PokerStars Issues Apology

The feud between PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu and Ultimate Bet Pro Annie Duke originally started back when Negreanu first arrived on the poker scene. Negreanu and Duke were seated at the same table and it is alleged that Duke berated his play non-stop during a tournament. From that point on they have had a less than cordial relationship. Things recently heated up when Negreanu called Duke a f***ing c-word in an article for UK scribe Poker Player Magazine. After the article was published it was also written on an Australian poker forum by a news reporter covering the WSOP this year that Negreanu called Duke a c-word on at least five different occasions. The reporter also posted that Negreanu said "I have to admit she is a fantastic player, but the truth is she's a c*nt."

When Negreanu arrived at the World Poker Tour event at the Bicycle Casino in Bell Gardens, CA last week he did an interview with Kimberly Lansing and said that the entire conversation with the reporter was off the record and he never indented it to be included in an article. In the interview he apologized to all women who were offended by his use of the c-word. Noticeably absent in the interview was an apology to Annie Duke herself.

Annie Duke seized the opportunity and took to her blog, posting an open letter to Poker Stars. She referenced a letter that PokerStars sent out to a player who was offended over Negreanu using the c-word. PokerStars offered no apologies to anybody. That's what set Duke off. She goes on to talk about Negreanu giving PokerStars a bad name and in no way should they condone the statements made by Negreanu. It has since been reported on This Week in Poker that Negreanu put up a half-hearted apology on his blog but removed it within ten minutes and has never re-posted it. He has not offered any kind of apology whatsoever since his interview with Kimberly Lansing.

After Duke posted her open letter, PokerStars has since gone on to offer an official statement. “PokerStars does not support the use of derogatory or hurtful language directed at any other player. While this was a personal matter between two players, we wish that better judgment had been used in the choice of words." In the official statement they also referenced the letter from PokerStars support that appeared on Duke's blog that it was not an official statement from PokerStars and the staff member "incorrectly speculated with opinion."

Since the official statement from PokerStars both Negreanu and Duke have not had anything additional to say on the matter.

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