January 17, 2019 Live Poker News, Poker Gossip, Poker Industry News, Poker News, Poker Promotions Petr Černý

Poker League of Nations edits winner pictures to make them look thinner and better

A Twitter storm has erupted after poker player and reporter Aleeyah Jadavji had her winner’s pic photoshopped by the female-centred Poker League of Nations to make her look skinnier – the end result being Alee Yah cutting ties with the organisation.

Aleeyah Jadavji Poker League of Nations

Women in poker don’t have the easiest time of things in any event, sexist behaviour often very overt at the tables – but when it’s other women doing the ‘shaming’ there was bound to be a huge backlash.

The WSOP journalist, who was playing the PCA in Bahamas last week having won a Platinum Pass, tweeted before and after-style pics to highlight the problem…

Some of the biggest names in women’s poker quickly offered their moral support to Alee Yah as she is generally known.

888Poker ambassador and WSOP’s anchor for the ESPN channel coverage, Kara Scott, posted: “That’s awful! I’m so sorry you had to deal with that.

Chess International Master and poker pro Jennifer Shahade wrote: “This is so messed up my friend! The culprit should commit to reading up on intersectional feminism to understand the roots of the issue. A bland apology and “ill take it down” is not enough”.

Jennifer Shahade Poker League of Nations

Natasha Mercier had a different take on the photoshop issue, stating: “I dont want to defend anyone but photoshop is used A LOT. Jason literally looks like Harry Potter in his online avatar. They do make EVERYONE look prettier:) “

Close friend and RunItUp CMO Kristalina Houston didn’t hold back on what she thought of the Poker League of Nations editor who made the decision to ‘prettify’ Alee…

A lengthy Twitter status from self-confessed ‘poker entity and startup grinder’ Simkha Blank covered just about every aspect of what women face in the game. From harassment to bullying to misogyny…

The Poker League of Nations has yet to publicly comment on the divisive photographic spat, their feed still showing the celebratory anniversary last month of their beginnings…

However, Alee Yah’s public dropping of PLON has already had an effect on the organisation, pro poker player Nancy Birnbaum also resigning today.

Birnbaum stated on Facebook: “I will not Tolerate women being abused or misrepresented. I take my reputation very seriously. I will also be resigning as ambassador for Poker League of Nations”.

Nancy Birnbaum Poker League of Nations

Whether the Poker League of Nations can survive such a public lashing remains to be seen, and VIP-Grinders have reached out for comment on the matter.

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