I Think It’s Time to Stop Hating on Chris Ferguson

Chris Ferguson is one of the most despised players in poker and, although I understand the frustration many had with the former WSOP Main Event champion following the 2011 Black Friday scandal at Full Tilt Poker, it’s been more than seven years, and it’s time for everyone to let it go.

Many within the poker community have called for a lifetime ban and made harsh comments towards Ferguson on social media. The hate needs to stop. Going through life holding grudges over things that happened seven years ago isn’t healthy.

I get it that Ferguson, Howard Lederer, and other FTP executives made poor choices that prevented players from getting paid in a timely manner. Many online pros who relied on that money to pay bills had to wait two years before receiving their money.

I’m not going to make any excuses for Ferguson and others for their failures in ensuring their customers got paid quickly because there isn’t one. But, in my opinion, now that we’re years after the FTP players getting paid, it’s time for everyone to move on with their lives and accept that Ferguson is once again a prominent member of the poker community.

He’s the reigning WSOP Player of the Year and is still one of the best players in the game. That doesn’t mean you have to be his best friend. If you see him in the halls at the Rio, by all means, just ignore him and go about your business.

But the vile spewed towards his way on social media has gotten out of hand. I learned at a very young age that holding grudges gets you nowhere in life. Save that anger for something more useful. Ferguson isn’t going anywhere so what’s the point in continuing to be upset at his presence at the WSOP?