According to a recent report by Tight Poker, a regular player at the Aria Poker room would like to see Howard Lederer banned from playing at the poker tables. The frequent Aria player, Nick DiVella has petitioned players at the Aria Casino to try and have Lederer banned, even taking to his Twitter account to remark about Lederer and his feelings behind trying to have him banned.
According to the report, DiVella stated: “We believe the casino has a moral and ethical obligation to bar Howard Lederer from playing in the poker room and should Aria casino fail to take immediate action we, the poker playing community, will be forced to boycott the poker room.”
On Twitter DiVella commented: “He doesn’t deserve to play. Maybe this will be the start of a poker black list…from the response I have gotten so far it seems like it will be a huge success.” Leon Wheeler, a manager at the Aria Poker room, commented on DiVella petitioning players by stating: “We haven’t taken a stance on (whether Lederer should be allowed to play at Aria). Really, the issue has nothing to do with us.”
Wheeler went on to point out that the poker room is not looking to ban Lederer and that DiVella is not allowed to petition players on the casino premises about Lederer. Many people agree with DiVella’s action but there are also those who do not have an issue with Lederer. Take for example, Daniel Negreanu. Negreanu commented on the subject by stating:
“I have no problem with playing poker with either of them. I don’t like either, but don’t have a problem facing them at a table…Russ Hamilton regularly plays in Florida casinos. It’s not the responsibility of the casino to bar them. Lots of dirtbags play.”