Correct me if I’m wrong, but wasn’t this paragraph I copied below from that interview being written by the same person that went broke recently and was asking for donations to support his family on this site?
Not a good referral coming from him, is it?
“To fast forward to today, I count six of your books on my shelf and two pieces of software. My own advantage play career, and it is a stretch to call it a "career" in my case, was largely following your footsteps. From blackjack, to video poker, to tournament, to sports betting, you blazed the trail for me at every step. So, thank you for being an inspiration to me. Had it not been for you, I probably would have never became so mixed up in the world of gambling, which has served me very well.”
So. I think this is a small and disingenuous twisting of events, and I'm going to discuss them from my perspective.
Mike is very good at what he does and is well-respected in the industry. If he wishes to pay tribute to someone who went before him and gave him something to model on, it is a high compliment to that person. And I think Mike's time as an AP, though he says it was unsuccessful, makes his work better and more useful by having that experience.
What Mike self-admitted many times was that he was not good at monetizing his work on these websites. He asked for suggestions from the members for months on ways to make the sites pay, after financing them from his own pockets for years, once Cyprus nationalized their banks and confiscated a huge amount of his money.
We gave him many suggestions. Among them, dozens of us offered to do paid subscriptions or donate towards his expenses. He reluctantly agreed, after a lot of discussion, to accept donations, because he wanted to keep the websites free.
He was approached by Joshua Chan as a businessman who DOES know how to monetize websites, with a proposal that included retaining both the sites as they were, and the Wizard himself, and a large cash price. I don't know how anyone would have turned that down, but it was very difficult for the Wizard to say yes.
It appears to me, 2 years later, that Joshua has been a white knight. He/they have allowed the websites to remain largely autonomous, the content to grow, the forum to continue without editorial footprints. The Wizard has the income and resources he needs to continue. And we have a free place to have discussions. Including you making snide comments like the above. Seems like a win to me.
"If the house lost every hand, they wouldn't deal the game."