A social media battle between poker photographers and PokerPaint has gained more attention after Daniel Negreanu tweeted about it. The Poker Hall of Famer (PHoF) who has over 495,000 followers on Twitter accused PokerPaint of stealing photos from a number of poker photographers and then selling them without permission.
PokerPaint NFT Collectibles Strategy
PokerPaint has built up a nice collection of poker pictures which includes a number of high rollers sitting at the poker table. His collection of photos has its own twist to it but the core image is taken from different photographers such as Hayley Hochstetter.
The user known as PokerPaint reached out to Hochstetter in June and asked her for permission to use one of her photos. She declined that request and explained why she did not want her images used. It appears that a month later, PokerPaint edited the photo, used some filters and special effects, and then decided to make it their own.
PokerPaint has images of a number of top poker players including Jason Koon, Dan Cates, Phil Hellmuth, Matt Berkey and Phil Galfond. These images are not only displayed on the PokerPaint website but have also been turned into NFT collectibles and are currently being sold on OpenSea.
OpenSea is promoted as the biggest digital marketplace in the world where digital items are bought and sold with cryptocurrencies. PokerPaint has a number of images up on OpenSea and one of Jason Koon’s images is going for $1,500.
Poker Photographers Call Out PokerPaint
Reports suggest that the individual behind the PokerPaint account is a poker player by the name of Brett Butz. He has taken poker photographers from a number of different individuals including Joe Giron and Danny Maxwell.
Giron said that while PokerPaint reached out to Hochstetter to ask for permission, he was not contacted by anyone but his images were still being used. Maxwell told PokerPaint that while he was passing it off as ‘art’ by adding a few filters, in reality, he was stealing photographs and monetizing them.
Once the poker world learned what was going on behind the scenes, a number of users who bought digital images from PokerPaint on OpenSea also expressed their disappointment. A Twitter user by the name of Josh Burkhalter said that he had paid PokerPaint a nice sum of cash to get a custom piece done in 2021 but would no longer support them after realizing what they were up to.
A user called KL Cleeton said that you loved the piece he bought from PokerPaint but was disappointed to know what PokerPaint was doing. Cleeton said that he was a former content creator and did not want to see the real photographers missing out financially. He said he hoped PokerPaint and the photographers could come to a mutually beneficial agreement.
PokerPaint Responds To Allegations
Brett Butz has so far not responded to any of the allegations but PokerPaint did address the backlash on social media. PokerPaint said via Twitter “I understand a lot of you may be upset that I saw a photo on social media and loved it enough to imitate it in a very different style. No, I’m not opposed to giving photographers a %, it’s hard work”.
The tweet continued “I also challenge you to at least try to draw a similar style before criticizing the project I’ve worked tirelessly on for the past 3 years. You can find my contact information on my site if you believe your content was stolen and will be happy to figure out a much more positive approach.”
Those allegations did not go down well with the poker community which promoted another statement where PokerPaint admitted that he did not know enough about copyright law and promised to take down all images that received a complaint.

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