Series Of Poker Satellite Cheaters Caught
journalist was right on the spot...
Journalist Jeff Haney writes in
the Las Vegas Sun this week that he had a ringside
seat at a collusion attempt during the WSOP and
witnessed the cool and professional way inwhich
it was handled.
was a player at the table where the incident took
place during a 10-player no-limit Texas hold 'em
"satellite" - a minitournament where
the winner earns cash or chips that can be used
to enter bigger tournaments at the World Series.
Each player started with $1,000 in tournament
chips. Early in the satellite, one of the colluders
raised $950, and everyone folded around the two
other teammates, who both went all-in for their
original raiser then folded - a bizarre play that
would never be made unless something was fishy.
two all-in players then each revealed a "junk"
hand. Obviously, the three were working together,
attempting to "dump" chips to one of
the two players who stayed in the hand. In a one-table
satellite, a stack of $2,000 or $3,000 is far
more powerful than two or three separate stacks
of $1,000 working together. That's why cheaters
collude to dump chips to a teammate.
table's honest players were a little too sharp
for the colluders, and immediately protested and
called for a floor manager.
investigated the complaint, manager Bob Dunning
ejected the three from the satellite and the entire
World Series of Poker. The three colluders were
also informed that they were permanently barred
from all properties owned by Harrah's. Finally,
Dunning cooly and professionally restarted the
satellite , giving everyone their original $1,000
and allowing three new players to buy in.
correctly urges honest players to be vigilant
and inform the floor supervisor whenever collusion
you bust out , it should be because the other
guy got lucky , or because you made a mistake,
or because your opponent outplayed you. It shouldn't
be because you were cheated," he concluded.
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