In case you were out of the poker universe this month, Jamie Gold won the 2006 WSOP Championship Event. And is customary, along with the bracelet and the first place prize pool ($12 million this year), Jamie will also receive a diss'ing in the blogs and forums.
Trashing the champion has become almost a tradition; as reliable as the Swallows of Capistrano or Xmas decorations in retail stores after Halloween. As the field of "unknowns" has swelled in the past years, the "who was he to win this thing" theme generally runs its course. Many people who have allegedly played with past champions have offered up the "I've played with him before and he sucks" threads. Every word uttered and perceived behavior displayed during the event by the eventual winner is dissected for a potential backlash.
Jamie's hazing has taken a bit of a Hollywood spin - or the accusations of Hollywood spin as the case might be. It was rumored early in the event that the ethically challenged character and agent Ari Gold in the hit HBO series Entourage was indeed modeled after Jamie. But one blog claims that Jamie was more Llyod (Ari's slave assistant) than agent.