TDA Summit Causes Twitter Debate

TDA Summit Causes Twitter Debate

Friday, 27 March 2015

Matt Savage, one of the leading tournament directors in the game, upset a few members of the community last night when he announced the next Tournament Directors Association (TDA) summit will be held at the Venetian.

The TDA is a body of tournament officials set up to help codify the rules of the game and each year they meet to discuss the relevant issues of the game.

However, the news that the summit will be held in the Venetian, Las Vegas, on June 16 and 17 has ruffled more than a few feathers. Because the casino is owned by Sheldon Adelson, the man who is pushing to have online poker banned in the US, a number of players quite rightly have reservations about hosting a poker event in the venue.

Following the initial tweet by Savage, a chorus of disapproval rang out across Twitter and joining the chants was the GPI's Alex Dreyfus. Seemingly upset at the decision, Dreyfus offered to cover the cost of the summit if Savage agrees to relocate it.

"Dear TDA, GPI is keen to support full cost of Conference Room+ AV + board members rooms if not hosted at Venetian."

Even Daniel Negreanu decided to join the debate and asked Savage if this was an April fool's joke.

In his defence, Savage stated that the summit needs a venue that has internet access and can accommodate 200+ attendees. Not only that, but the casino doesn't ask for any fees which Savage says doesn't, therefore, mean he is supporting Adelson.

Tags: Tournament Directors Association, Matt Savage, Sheldon Adelson