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Report: A-Rod wasn't at poker game

Posted on: August 5, 2011 11:21 am
Alex RodriguezBy C. Trent Rosecrans

You know that story about the illegal poker game with cocaine, celebrities, fights and Alex Rodriguez? It's a great story, but someone at the game said it all happened -- except for the A-Rod part.

Professional poker player Dan Bilzerian -- who was at that game in Beverly Hills and was the named source in the Star Magazine story fingering A-Rod -- told the New York Daily News that Rodriguez wasn't there.

"A-Rod was not at that game," Bilzerian told the Daily News. "It's ridiculous."

He added he remembered the game in November of 2009 at Cody Leibel's house, because he was "stiffed." 

"He wasn't there, I'm telling you," Bilzerian said. "He was playing in the World Series at the time."

The 2009 World Series had three games -- Games 4, 5 and 6 -- in the month of November, with the Yankees winning the title on Nov. 4 at Yankee Stadium.

The second source in the Star Magazine report told the Daily News that he wasn't at the 2009 party, but knows a guy who had been at an "illegal house game" with Rodriguez.

"I never played with him in a home game, but I know [someone who] witnessed him at one. It was an illegal house game," the source told the newspaper, who requested anonymity and didn't "want to get A-Rod in trouble."

On Thursday, Rodriguez's publicist said there were "numerous factual inaccuracies" in Star Magazine's report. 

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Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: August 5, 2011 9:46 pm

Report: A-Rod wasn't at poker game

Whatever. One of MLB's biggest stars in Alex Rodriguez, on it's flagship team the New York Yankees. All of a sudden he wasn't at the game. Whatever.

Since: May 13, 2008
Posted on: August 5, 2011 9:25 pm

Report: A-Rod wasn't at poker game


Since: Jul 4, 2011
Posted on: August 5, 2011 8:39 pm

Report: A-Rod wasn't at poker game

They weren't playing poker, they were painting each others toenails and listening to lady gaga.  A rod is too embarassed to admit it.

Since: Jun 4, 2007
Posted on: August 5, 2011 8:18 pm

Report: A-Rod wasn't at poker game

What did Jordan's crew do to Scottie?  They must have sucked at it because the only bad thing I can think about on Pippen was not playing the final seconds when Kukoc was chosen for the final shot.  I am not sure how Jordan's people had anything to do with that, that was all Scottie.

Since: May 14, 2008
Posted on: August 5, 2011 7:18 pm

Report: A-Rod wasn't at poker game

wait, you're comparing dog fights and a freaking poker game? have u lost your mind??


Since: Sep 5, 2010
Posted on: August 5, 2011 6:39 pm

Report: A-Rod wasn't at poker game

Ten years from now it will leak out that Derek Jeter's people (PR team) purposely and blatantly worked to defame A-Rod from the day he arrived in pinstripes - similar to what Jordan's crew did to Scottie Pippen.  LOL

Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: August 5, 2011 6:36 pm

Report: A-Rod wasn't at poker game

The rule for MLB is very simply written and leaves a lot of room for interpretation.  Although they're only explicitly banned from betting on MLB games, there are plenty of people who have been booted from the game for just associating with gamblers.

Willie Mays & Mickey Mantle were long past retirement from the game and were banned in the early 1980s by Bowie Kuhn because they were working for casinos in Atlantic City.  They were reinstated by Peter Ueberroth after Kuhn was out of office and they no longer worked for the casinos.  They weren't gambling and were only greeting players at casinos yet they were banned.  How do you explain that?

Lenny Dykstra had multiple run-ins with baseball back in the 1990s about his gambling in Atlantic City and was put on probation by MLB for the 1991 season.  He was notorious for leaving the ballpark after games, making a beeline for A.C., and spending it all night at the baccarat tables.  He made and lost thousands of dollars and drew way too much attention to himself for Phillies management.  He was also investigated and cleared by Fay Vincent for betting on college basketball less than a year later.  Believe me, if Fay Vincent wanted to rain down on Dykstra he could have easily done it.  If MLB can't do anything about legal gambling, how was Dykstra put on probation by MLB back in 1991?

If MLB wants to, they can interpret the rules about gambling however they want to.  If they tell you to stay away from underground cash games, they are completely within their rights to do so.  I said this before and I'll say it again.  As long as players keep their games in the clubhouse, locker rooms, or team flights, they're okay.  When they start mixing it up in legal and illegal games, they're gonna get nailed.

Since: Oct 31, 2009
Posted on: August 5, 2011 6:25 pm

Report: A-Rod wasn't at poker game

Leave the man alone... I'm tired of all the haters... Let the man live life and play ball...

Since: Dec 28, 2010
Posted on: August 5, 2011 5:55 pm

Report: A-Rod wasn't at poker game


Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: August 5, 2011 5:06 pm

Report: A-Rod wasn't at poker game

Hey, I was there but I didn't see him because I was in the blind.  I was going to mention to someone that I thought I heard him but thought twice because I didn't want to get another bad beat.  Someone said his lady friend was there with a big bucket of popcorn, but that turned out to be a bluff.  I still have the option to call him without raising suspicion.  Hell, I don't have a tell, so I'm just going to fold this story and I'm out.

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