Prahlad Friedman Says He’s’Tired of Seeing Only Whites and Asians’ at Final Tables in Confusing Tweet

Prahlad Friedman, a white American who plays tournaments, dealt with what he calls”systemic racism” in the United States and, perhaps, the poker community, in a confusing tweetstorm.

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Prahlad Friedman indicates there is systemic racism around the world that trickles down to the poker community. (Picture: Twitter)

Systemic Racism in Poker?

What prompted the cash game specialist to say he’s”tired of seeing only whites and Asians” at final tables is unknown. But he made it clear he feels that systemic racism is”obvious” in”your typical poker room.”

Tired of seeing only whites and Asians at these final tables. Obviously systemic racism is responsible for this, cause everyone likes poker. To fight back only a little bit, I’m prepared to give free advice to any non white non asian peeps out there! Hit me up and I will follow you.

— Pragress (@PrahladFriedman) July 19, 2018

The tweet, as expected, attracted emotionally charged responses from those who agreed with the poker expert’s take and those who disagreed.

As an INDIVIDUAL game, that’s based on ability, I fail to see how racism and sexism actively prevent individuals, who want to sit at a poker table, from doing this. This is not the NBA where you must be physically superior to have on the court. ANY individual can sit and playwith.

— Brian (@OchoMcOcho) July 20, 2018

You should just quit playing and never go near another casino .

Throughout your new found free time, perhaps get some mental health assistance, as it seems youre in dire need of it.

— The Angry Barkeep (@Mashed__Taters) July 19, 2018

Many were confused regarding the purpose of Friedman’s tweet. Is he accusing poker players of being racist? That is a strong accusation, if true, but it is not clear if he believes that to be true.

Friedman, who has over $2.4 million in life tournament cashes but none since 2012, tried to clarify the purpose of his initial conversation, but still left some scratching their heads.

A great deal of people are not understanding my point about systemic racism being obvious when looking at your typical poker room. Allow me to clarify, whites and Asians make the most money, that is why you see them the most in poker. Training sites cost a whole lot, sims cost a whole lot, books, etc…

— Pragress (@PrahladFriedman) July 20, 2018

Friedman, intentionally or otherwise, left Phil Ivey, an African-American who is arguably the best poker player ever, from his argument. He does, however, have a point that most final table participants in major tournaments are white or Asian men. This year’s Main Event final table that featured nine white men, six of whom were American, wasn’t an aberration.

Only once in history has a girl — Barbara Enright in 1995 (5th place) — made the WSOP Main Event final table, and it has been rare to get a non-white or Asian to final table poker’s most prestigious event, with David Williams (2004 runner-up) and Ivey (2009 7th place) being the rare exceptions.

Phil Ivey (7th with $26,267,284 in earnings) is the sole African-American in the top 100 all-time in live tournament winnings. Vanessa Selbst, who ranks 49th overall with $11,851,383 in earnings, is the top ranked female poker player.

Problem Solver

Friedman suggests that there would be more players that aren’t white or Asian in final tables if others received equal pay at their jobs so that they could afford to play poker. Or, at least, that seems to be the point he’s trying to make.

Give women and minorities equal pay and let’s see what happens in poker. People saying in poker”you study and win”. That analyzing usually implies you’ve got free time to study, which implies you are not working 3 jobs. It’s true women and minorities are getting less money.

— Pragress (@PrahladFriedman) July 20, 2018

Rather than complaining about a problem, to his credit, Friedman has at least offered a solution: Free poker training.

“I want to help people that have a tougher road in life,” he said.

If Friedman truly is going to assist minorities, women, and people who are less fortunate learn how to play poker, more power to him. But one person can only make so much difference unless they have access to billions of dollars to help fund bankrolls for thousands of poker players.

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