November 11, 2006 - A special note to Jules and Crispin Leyser
I arrived in Singapore yesterday, and since I didn't have time to get a copy of the new Deal Magazine with myself on the cover, I wasn't able to read the article until a friend of mine sent a copy over to me, and I finally had a chance to read through it. I was very pleased with how the entire magazine turned out. Deal Magazine did a wonderful job with the front cover and the article was very well written.
In the interview, which was conducted within a day or two of the end of the World Series main event, I said the following about the winner, Jamie Gold: “He doesn't have an ego… I heard that he didn't want publicity. That's a good person right there.”
Deal Magazine printed my words correctly, but at that time, I only knew what people were saying about him. I also knew the last few main event winners (Moneymaker, Raymer, and Hachem) were all solid, grateful winners and I guess I hoped Gold would be the same. Wrong!
And at that time, Jules and Crispin Leyser (my good friends) were under the impression that he was their friend and would hold up his end of the deal to give them S of his winnings. It wasn't until a couple weeks later (if I remember right) that Jamie was still holding out on giving the Leysers what they were promised. Now the situation is held up in court, and Jules and Crispin are being screwed by someone who made promises to them and claimed to be a friend.
I want to apologize to Jules and Crispin for what I said about Jamie. I hope that you know that I made that comment before the legal situation came up, and I support the two of you in every way. I know what friendship means, and the two of you have always been there for me. I just wanted to apologize publicly and let you know that when I talked to Deal Magazine, I had no idea that Jamie would put you through this mess.
Sorry, Jules and Crispin! Love and kisses to you – all the way from Singapore!