Aussie Millions champion Vincent “Wonky” Wan has issued an apology to Tai Hoang Ngoc – his heads-up opponent and eventual runner-up – following the social media firestorm that resulted from comments he made during final table negotiations over a three-way deal.
As previously reported by PokerMedia Australia, Wan divided opinions across the local poker community after telling the Vietnamese, who was chip leader at the time, that he should accept less money in any deal because, “You’re definitely the worst player here.”
Wan’s supporters defended those comments, insisting the Melbourne pro was within his rights to push for a bigger slice of the pie if he genuinely believed he held an edge over his less experienced rival, but others were highly critical of his perceived lack of respect.
The 44-year-old was quick to defend himself on reddit, claiming he was simply trying to ensure the best deal possible both for himself and good friend Gareth Pepper, the third man still standing when play reached three-handed.
However, Wan returned earlier this week to issue a full apology to Tai.
“After watching this video again and again, I have to admit the way I spoke to Tai was wrong and yes, I came across very rude,” Wan said.
“Tai deserved to be respected and again I’d like to sincerely apologise to him and also to the poker community for my behaviour. Finally, I’d like to congratulate all the players that made the money including Tai.
“I am very thankful and grateful to lady luck to have allowed me to win this great tournament. Thank you to Crown and all of those who have supported me over the years. I am over the moon with the win and I will do my best as an ambassador for poker moving forward. Peace out, Wonky.”
Wan had earlier attributed some of the criticism he copped to individuals who already held a grudge against him, either because they owe him money or because “there are also some players that I have absolutely annihilated in cash games.”