Would You Turn Down Millions In The Name Of Team Loyalty?

How passionate of a Patriots fan are you? Are you one that wears your team colors at every chance? Do you possibly own season tickets? Perhaps you’re the guy that paints himself up in team color and goes bare chested in 10 degree weather to show off his pride. However, are you fan enough to turn down Millions of dollars just to show off your team spirit? You may not be, but Darvin Moon is.

Darvin Moon was the runner-up in the 2009 World Series of Poker Main Event. He was the unlikely “every man” story of the event, coming to the Main Event via a live casino satellite and making an incredulous run to the final table. Having no big time poker experience, and never even having flown an airplane until a few days before entering the Main Event, the Maryland logger was in line to win $8 Million in prize money.

However, just for making the final table of the event, Moon had the chance to earn what many call “free money” by accepting sponsorship with an internet poker site. Sometimes these deals can reach multi-million figures and can over time be worth more than the prize won at the final table. One stipulation of sponsorship is that you must wear the site’s gear at the final table. This includes wearing a baseball cap of the online site.

Moon wound up turning down sponsorship just so he would be able to wear the hat of his beloved New Orleans Saints at the final table. Online poker site reviews explained Moon’s refusal to take sponsorship as a way to keep out of the public spotlight, but his refusal to take the extra money may have left him short by as much as $2 Million in cash and tournament buy-ins. Ultimately, Moon finished 2nd in the Main Event and took home over $5 Million and the respect of many. The New Orleans Saints decided to recognize Moon during pre-game festivities before their game with New England Patriots on November 28th, 2009.

While Moon may have been able to turn down a major sponsorship deal in the name of team loyalty, I doubt I could do the same. While I am a die hard fan, $1 Million or more in cash and tournament entries is still a lot of money. And as anyone in pro sports understands, it is nothing personal, it is just business.

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