Tuesday marked the first poker tournament to include Howard Lederer since Black Friday. Lederer bought into the $10,000 buy-in Festa al Lago event at the Bellagio.
Lederer tweeted on October 23rd:
“Decided to play the Festa. It is really really cold in here.”
“Glad to see poker community is welcoming me back. Everyone is so friendly, most are telling me where I can go.”
Daniel Negreanu and Lederer have become arch enemies since the Full Tilt Poker days. Negreanu had plenty to say about Lederer&s appearance at the tournament and blogged about it. Negreanu posted that he wasn&t surprised that he attended the “Big Game“.
“I have yet to sit down in a game where Howard was there, and I’ve thought about what I would do if he did choose to play in a game I was in,” Negreanu said of the former Full Tilt executive. “There are a lot of variables to think about. First of all, the reason Howard feels comfortable playing there is because he is amongst friends who support him: Doyle Brunson, Eli Elezra, Huck Seed, and David Grey. This is the one place in the world where Howard can fit in at a poker table, order wine, drink, gamble, and laugh it up while players outside the glass look in … Still without their money.”