There has been some international poker drama brewing at the 2020 Aussie Millions.
A long time ago, seasoned Canadian poker pro Sam Greenwood criticized the behavior of the German high rollers on Twitter. The Germans clapped back. Things escalated after Dietrich “2pacnrw16” Fast, also from Germany, slowrolled Greenwood in a hand at the Aussie Millions Main Event.
Sam Greenwood Calls Out German Pros, Gets Backlash
This drama goes back two years.
In January 2018, Sam Greenwood took to Twitter to condemn the German players at high buy-in events. According to him, they wait around the card room for recreational players to register for events before buying in themselves. He went on to call this alleged behavior “predatory and cowardly”.
This isn’t just about what happened yesterday. Look at the Prague 50k. 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.
— Sam Greenwood (@SamGreenwoodRIO) January 29, 2018
Calling out the representatives of an entire nation in the high stakes poker community expectedly resulted in a backlash.
Many poker players, Germans and from other nations, replied to Greenwood voicing their disagreement. These players included Koray Aldemir, Christian Harder and – most notably – Dietrich Fast.
This maybe proofs the point that you might be wrong a lot of the times.
— Dietrich Fast (@2pacnrw16) January 29, 2018
Dietrich Fast Slowrolls Sam Greenwood at the 2020 Aussie Millions
Fastforward 2 years, to the 2020 Aussie Millions at the Crowns Casino in Melbourne.
It’s unlikely either of the players had this brief internet feud on the forefronts of their minds by now. Both Sam Greenwood and Dietrich Fast decide to buy in for the A$10,600 Main event on Day1C.
They ended up being drawn to the same table. There, they clashed in a hand in which Fast allegedly slowrolled Sam Greenwood.
Unfortunately, there’s no footage of this incident – live streams for the Aussie Millions Main Event started only at the final table. Somewhat odder that even the pokernews.com live reporting doesn’t mention it either.
However, neither of the parties involved deny it happened so it can be considered confirmed.
Slowrolling is considered very rude by professional poker etiquette. It’s the act of pretending to be mucking a worse hand after your opponent shows down, just to reveal the winning hand before you actually fold.
Dietrich Fast’s Twitter Apology
Two days after the incident took place, Fast decided to issue a public apology. He chose the method that many disgruntled celebrities have used before: posting screenshots of a notepad app to Twitter.
— Dietrich Fast (@2pacnrw16) January 22, 2020
In it, he claims it happened at the A$100K challenge. However, according to the pokernews.com live reportings, he wasn’t among the 40 entrants. Meanwhile, both him and Greenwood played Day1C at the Main Event, so it was likely a bit of confusion on his part.
In that two-part apology note, he also mentions the issue of alleged bumhunting from 2018.
The 2015 WSOP Europe bracelet winner German admits that back then, his ego made him selective of the line-ups he was willing to play. He essentially claims that Sam Greenwood was right for calling him out at the time.
As for the slowrolling, he acknowledges that it was “a childish emotional decision” and calls it “the most disrespectful he has ever been at the table”. He then vows to never do it again.
Although this tweet was taken as an apology by everyone including the recipient Greenwood, Fast never actually explicitly apologized in those messages.
Sam Greenwood responded with a short and affirmative reply.
This apology isn’t needed, but I accept it.
— Sam Greenwood (@SamGreenwoodRIO) January 22, 2020
We’ve also heard from notorious slowroller Shaun Deeb. Playing off of his reputation, he simply proclaimed that he “does not endorse” the apologetic tweet from Fast.
I do not endorse this tweet https://t.co/9IJLEveDkk
— shaun deeb (@shaundeeb) January 22, 2020
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