|Mikey the chimp had been practising for the World Series of Poker (WSOP) for months, but he will now not be appearing at the event.|
But sponsors Pokershare.com have not given up on their mission to earn Mikey his retirement money from poker tournament winnings.
Jeffrey Pollock, Vice President of Harrah’s Entertainment, rejected Mikey's participation at WSOP, but PokerShare have vowed to search hard to find another poker tournament that will let Mikey play.
Max Wright, PokerShare.com Poker Room Manager, said, 'Mikey will overcome this rejection into the WSOP 2006 and keep practicing until another poker tournament picks him up. We will sponsor him in whatever tournament will accept him because we know a chimp can beat a chump.'
Judie Harrison, his trainer and ‘mother’, broke into tears when she heard the news of his tournament exclusion, 'Mikey has been training for months and really had a shot at winning money to live with me for the rest of his life. I can’t believe they won’t let him in.'
Professionally trained to recognise colours, shapes, perform on television, and wear a green poker visor and sunglasses, Mikey was prepared to play with the best poker players in the world.
Max Wright explained the reason for PokerShare's commitment to the chimp, 'He embodies the brand of PokerShare.com because he is playful, fun, and different.'
Despite this setback, watch out for Mikey taking on the professionals at a poker tournament soon.