Disgraced Poker Pro Joe Sebok crushing Grapes for Living

by Jeremy Olson on December 27, 2012

Joe Sebok is definitely one poker player who’s seen his reputation take a nosedive over the past few years. In fact, last time we heard from Joe, he was issuing private threats to somebody who was bashing him over UB Poker. And the UB hate comes from the fact that Sebok continually used his former good reputation to convince players to deposit at the now-defunct and reprehensible site.

Taking this into account, many former players who lost deposit money when UB went down will be happy to know that Sebok is now crushing grapes for a living. Word about the San Francisco native doing this menial work comes via, which did a featured story on the interesting career choice.

What’s truly sickening about this article is how it puts a positive spin on Sebok’s move from poker to grape-crushing. In fact, the writer makes it seems as if Sebok wanted to work at the winery, rather than play poker. Here are a couple of different excerpts from the SFGate piece:

- Unlike most other professionals in the sport, though, Sebok has other interests. Naturally, then, when he took a break from professional poker at the end of 2011, the 35-year-old sought out a challenge in an unrelated field. Ultimately, he moved to the Bay Area from Los Angeles and worked the 2012 harvest for Vinify, a custom crush facility in Santa Rosa.

- And while he plans to explore cardrooms on the local scene, Sebok sees his long-term future in something else. “The game of poker is great and has been good to me over the years,” he said. “But at the end of the day, if you’re not doing other stuff, all you are doing is counting money.”

Perhaps the best line from this article is the above quote where Sebok says “if you’re not doing other stuff, all you are doing is counting money.” Last time we checked, Joe has only made only about $24k in live tournaments over the past two years. So we seriously doubt that he’s been counting that much money. Furthermore, his UB sponsorship deal has been gone for a year and a half, which leaves him further hurting for cash.