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    Justin Hammer no longer at Commerce

    Justin Hammer, the well-liked tournament coordinator at Commerce Casino, is no longer working there.

    This followed a public Twitter spat with Allen Kessler, which featured Kessler being angry that Hammer had called him an "idiot" when it got heated. In Hammer's defense, Kessler was in the wrong regarding accusations of funding Commerce overlays with staff auto-tips, and wouldn't back down.

    Within days, we saw this announcement:

    https://twitter.com/#!/x/status/1169407349871628288

    Hammer did not reveal where he would be working next, leading me to believe he was let go, rather than a situation where he took another job and moved on.

    People are having a hard time understanding Hammer's dismissal, unless he voluntarily left. He was extremely well-liked by Commerce tournament players. I didn't know him well, but he was very aware of this site and has listened to the radio show before, and we had a good relationship. It was actually nice playing at the LAPC knowing that I had a good relationship with Justin Hammer and Matt Savage, the two guys in charge.

    Some suspected the heated argument with Kessler was to blame, but it's hard to believe that would have resulted in a dismissal. Kessler himself seemed shocked by the news, and denied that he had any hand in it.

    Anyway, it's too bad to see this, and I hope Justin is happy in his next position. He did post a clarification tweet stating that, despite his tendency to joke around on Twitter, he was 100% serious about being gone from Commerce.

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    I could be wrong and have no inside knowledge, but I kind of thought his departure has more to do with another missed guarantee last weekend (approx. $35,000 short in a $250,000 guarantee) in the opening event of their current annual series known as the "Commerce Holdem Series"

    It's not the first missed guarantee in the last few years since Hammer became a TD a Commerce, and unlike others, Commerce to my knowledge always upholds the guarantee and does not do things like add opening days or put players in or just offer everyone a free ice cream (yes, that actually happened to me at Hustler approx. 10 years ago when they missed a daily nightly $15000 guarantee by quite a bit).

    Hammer's departure comes mid-series with 2 big guarantees still to come over the next few weekends, so I'm skeptical this has solely to do with calling Kessler an idiot on Twitter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoeD View Post
    I could be wrong and have no inside knowledge, but I kind of thought his departure has more to do with another missed guarantee last weekend (approx. $35,000 short in a $250,000 guarantee) in the opening event of their current annual series known as the "Commerce Holdem Series"

    It's not the first missed guarantee in the last few years since Hammer became a TD a Commerce, and unlike others, Commerce to my knowledge always upholds the guarantee and does not do things like add opening days or put players in or just offer everyone a free ice cream (yes, that actually happened to me at Hustler approx. 10 years ago when they missed a daily nightly $15000 guarantee by quite a bit).

    Hammer's departure comes mid-series with 2 big guarantees still to come over the next few weekends, so I'm skeptical this has solely to do with calling Kessler an idiot on Twitter.
    Yeah I thought maybe the overlays could've been an issue.

    But yes, Commerce has always been stand up about their guarantees. I'll give them that.

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