January 13, 2022 Featured Articles, Poker News Petr Černý

Eric Molina and the biggest douchebags in poker

Poker isn’t exactly short of douchebags but you’d have to go quite some way to top the douchebaggery of Eric Molina at the 2006 World Series of Poker. A trip down memory lane this week, which includes all candidates for the title biggest douchebag in poker.

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“He’s brash, he’s young, he’s not the boy next door!” was Norman Chad’s description of Molina as he verbally clashed with Jamie Gold on several occasions.

The skinny Californian wannabe got on a number of players nerves with his big-mouthed antics as the Main Event hit the serious money stage.

Although Jamie Gold was in the chip lead – which he would take all the way to the title and $12million – Molina couldn’t help but tangle with him.

That led to at least one penalty as seen in the video when Gold pulls him u0p for swearing – the “f-bomb” a no-no at that time, resulting  in a 6-minute penalty for the younger man.

Eric Molina and the biggest douchebags in poker

A Reddit thread started on the back of the reminisces about Molina produces several comments as you might expect, among them;

  • “Does he still have a big mouth, or did someone smack some sense into him? I feel dumb for calling Hellmuth insufferable.”
  • “I suddenly feel more sympathy for Will Kassouf.”

Molina ran his mouth, and his stack, to 31st place and $328,865 that year, but it was to be his only brush with major live success, although he did bag a couple of low 5-figure scores, in 2011 and 2015.

Some players are remembered for their results, but Molina’s place in poker history is for having one of the most unlikeable and annoying characters in the game.

There are a few players whose actions spring to mind when it comes to challenging Molina for the biggest douchebag award, and here’s a quick look at the contenders…

Further contenders for biggest douchebag in poker

Prahlad Friedman

When Friedman accused Jeff Lisandro of not posting his ante at the WSOP, and doubled down on his finger-pointing, he almost ended

Shawn Sheikhan

Shawn Sheikhan brought trouble on himself, and not for the first time, when he couldn’t keep his mouth shut while Mike Matusow was involved in a hand. “Mike the Mouth” quickly showed Sheikhan why he got his nickname…


Tiffany Michelle

One time poker journalist Tiffany Michelle made plenty of enemies at the 2008 World Series of Poker when she not only railed against her fellow female competitors in a last-longer side-bet, but also called the clock at a critical point in the tournament, despite not being in the hand. here’s how she defended her actions…

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