2010 World Series of Poker Europe Main Event champion James Bord has moved to rattle a few US feathers by saying that American poker players are not as skilled as others across the world.
The 30-year-old Brit – who won £830,401 by winning the World series event last year – believes that European poker players are more talented, so much so that he has promised to refund any bets if an American wins the title this year.
He said: “I don’t think an American can win the bracelet, Europeans are now far superior.”
“We used to look up to the U.S. players back in the day, but those days are now long gone. I’m prepared to put my money where my mouth is and refund any losing bets up to $500 if an American wins.”
Considering that Bord spends a lot of his time between London and Las Vegas, these comments are bound to cause a reaction from those closest to him and so it has proved.
American poker pro Kevin Iacofano took to his Twitter page to criticise Bord, saying: “Serious arrogance and comments from a guy who, barring one miracle championship, has a very pedestrian record in poker.”
Bord will believe that he has achieved more than enough to make such comments though. During his career as a professional poker player, he has secured $1.9m in prize money, something which has perhaps given him the comments to make comments such as this.
You can of course head over to pokerstars.com to find out more about the skills Bord has used to accumulate such a significant sum of money, but for now it is worth noting that Bord’s comments have well and truly thrown the gauntlet down ahead of the next World Series of Poker Europe Main Event.