Archive for February, 2014

Chan Pelton Found Guilty in WSOP Tournament Chip Theft

by | Published: Friday, February 28th, 2014

As reported last week, Chan Pelton—winner of $47,061 and his third gold ring in the Event #9: $1,125 No-Limit Hold’em at the Palm Beach Kennel Club—was caught attempting to remove a T25,000 chip from play at the World Series of Poker Circuit.

He has now been found guilty and the act cost him dearly. He has been stripped of the title, disqualified from the WSOP National Championship, banned from all Caesars properties, and will receive no prize money. These punishments were handed down by both the PBKC and WSOP.

“An act of theft of poker room property — the removal of a poker chip off the poker table – by one of the two remaining players in the event – was confirmed by video surveillance and by the perpetrator in question, who later returned the stolen chip,” the PBKC said in a statement. “PBKC’s review confirms that the integrity of the event was in no way compromised, and the impact of the incident only caused harm to the perpetrator himself.”

Penton claimed he only wanted the chip as a souvenir, but the PBKC stated that his intent was not considered in their investigation, as the removal of a chip is a violation of WSOP Tournament Rule 39, Section A, Part ii.

“The integrity of our games is of upmost importance and regardless of the intent in question from this incident, we cannot sit idle and risk the stolen chips being re-introduced in the future,” said PBKC Card Room Director Noah Carbone. “We take great pride in providing a fair and secure environment for our valued patrons and this unfortunate incident, while discovered and handled swiftly, should serve as a reminder to players that tournament chips are the property of the poker room and must remain on the table at all times.”

“As operators, we must follow the rules — just as we expect players to follow the rules — and any violation of the rules, must be dealt with in a manner that ensures integrity of the event in question, as well as future events. If rules infractions occur, we view incidents in the worst case scenario plausible, and as such impose penalties governed by our rules to ensure the best possible outcome for all players in the future and to best ensure integrity of events on a going-forward basis,” Carbone added.

The WSOP had repercussions of its own to deal out to Pelton. Releasing a statement, it claimed: “The individual who admitted the theft and violation of tournament rules will no longer be eligible for the National Championship and is also being served an indefinite suspension from all WSOP-related events taking place at Caesars-owned properties, effective immediately,” the statement said. “This suspension is a companywide casino ban, forbidding the individual to step on any Caesars-owned property in the future. Failure to comply will result in trespassing charges, and possible further law enforcement.”

In accordance with Rule 39, Pelton was disqualified from the event and his former title and prize money was awarded to the runner-up Chris Bolek.

Bolek is happy with the extra money, though he doesn’t see it as an actual win. “If anything, I’d say I of course welcome the extra money, but the tournament win and accompanying benefits feel tainted, and I in no way think this is a win for me.

“Doesn’t feel like a win whatsoever,” Bolek added. “This result wasn’t in my mind at all over the last two weeks, and I expected absolutely nothing to come of it at first.”

He doesn’t believe there was any ulterior motive behind Pelton taking the chip, just a moment of lapsed judgment.

“As far as the actual act of stealing the chip, my first inclination was that he genuinely wanted a souvenir and that he just did something really boneheaded,” Bolek told PokerNews on Wednesday, following the news of the ruling against Pelton. “I, in no way, felt cheated over the course of the tournament or questioned the result; and I still feel the same way now.”

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2014 Borgata Spring Poker Open Schedule Released

by | Published: Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

The schedule for the 2014 Borgata Spring Open has been released. Taking place at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, the 51-event series will run from April 8 through 26. The series will be highlighted by the $15,400 World Poker Tour Championship with a guaranteed $5 million prize pool.

The WPT Championship joins the Jersey Shore event for the first time ever after spending its first 11 seasons at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. In another first, the buy-in for the tournament will be lowered from $25,000 to $15,400 and re-entries will be permitted on the second Day 1 flight if a player busts on Day 1a.

“With Borgata’s well-deserved reputation for running world-class tournaments and providing unparalleled service to its players, we believe this venue is perfectly suited to host our season-culminating event,” said WPT President Adam Pliska. “We look forward to working with the team at Borgata to bring the WPT World Championship to new heights.”

The Poker Spring Open kicks off April 8 with a huge $560 event with a $1 million guaranteed prize pool. The series-opening tournament will offer re-entries during the three starting flights. Last month’s $560 opening event at the Borgata Winter Poker Open attracted nearly 5,000 runners before it was canceled due to the discovery of counterfeit chips.

Other high-profile events on the Spring Open schedule include: a $2,700 BSO Championship Event ($1 million guaranteed), a $1,090 Six-Max No-Limit Hold’em Re-Entry ($100,000 guaranteed), and a $300 Big Stack No-Limit Hold’em Re-Entry ($100,000 guaranteed).

There are also more than a dozen qualifying events to the BSO Championship and WPT Championship on offer. Players have the chance to win a seat into the WPT Championship for as little as $360 and compete against the very best poker players in the world.

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WSOP Facelift for Bally’s Atlantic City

by | Published: Monday, February 24th, 2014

The infamous Wild Wild West casino area in Bally’s Atlantic City has undergone a facelift. Owner Caesars Entertainment—which also owns Harrah’s, Caesars, and Showboat in Atlantic City—just announced the overhaul that includes a state-of-the-art World Series of Poker-branded poker room.

The casino released a press release, announcing that the poker room—which previously sat on the sixth floor—would move to the Old West-themed area of the casino. It now features 42 live-game tables as well as dedicated tournament tables, which effectively means the amount of poker tables at Bally’s has doubled.

The room will heavily push the WSOP.com online brand, offering free WiFi, charging stations, and 20+ HDTV’s featuring all major local and national sports packages. Players will also have access to tableside food and beverages from Wild About Wings.

The poker room is not the only area of Bally’s being renovated. The Wild Wild West casino area will include a “Part Pit”, offering customers live entertainment from Thursday to Sunday.

“The Wild Wild West provides locals and visitors alike with a truly unique experience of branded entertainment, gaming, and unparalleled excitement, so with these latest additions the property can now lay claim to a top-notch poker room and a game-changing party pit,” said Kevin Ortzman, Senior Vice President and General Manager for Bally’s, Caesars, and Showboat Atlantic City. “We believe this development will forever evolve the face of poker in Atlantic City and expand our ability to provide guests with the highest quality of gaming and live entertainment opportunities available.”

Players will get direct access to the poker room when Bally reopens the casino’s Pacific Avenue entrance, which has been closed since late 2011m on Monday.

“Poker players like convenience. They don’t want to have to walk very far,” Freddie Niceta, vice president of table games for Caesars’ regional properties, told the Press of Atlantic City.

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73 Year-Old Retiree Wins Heartland Poker Tour for $230,582

by | Published: Saturday, February 22nd, 2014

The Heartland Poker Tour Golden Gates Casino & Poker Parlour in Black Hawk, CO. came to a close on Monday.

The $1,650 buy-in Main Event attracted 713 entrants, who helped create a whopping $1,048,110 prize pool. The tournament attracted a number of notable poker stars such as Greg Raymer, Bryan Devonshire, and Dan O’Brien, yet despite all this it was 73 year-old retiree Doug Milner from Salt Lake City, UT who emerged victorious in the event and earning the $230,582 first-place prize pool.

Max Chrisp was the first one eliminated from the final table despite an early double. “I hope to see you guys in the future at another Final Table,” Chrisp said as he made his way to the payout desk to collect $20,962 for his ninth-place finish.

Dan Heimiller, the most accomplished player at the table, was shockingly the next to go. Heimiller was the headliner of the final table due to his $4 million career winnings, eight wins, and 54 final table appearances. Despite this, he was beaten by Colin York’s rivered full house, earning him eighth place and $25,679.

In another surprising twist, Keith Love was the next elimination despite beginning the final table as chip leader. He was soon followed by Adam Hudson and Steven Levy, who were both eliminated on the same hand by York. They finished in sixth and fifth place, respectively.

York went on to dispatch both James Richards and Ryan White, which set up a heads-up match between Milner and York. They lasted a marathon 111 hands, one of the longest in HPT history, but came to a head in Level 36. York was in need of some help, but the board was against him this time. He had to settle for runner-up and $142,857 while Milner became the latest HPT champ and took home the $230,582 top prize.

“$230,000 will change my lifestyle,” said the champ. “I am comfortable retired but not overly retired.”

2014 Heartland Poker Tour Golden Gates Final Table Result

Place     Player                          Hometown                      Prize

1st          Doug Milner              Salt Lake City, UT          $230,582

2nd        Colin York                  Las Vegas, NV               $142,857

3rd         Ryan White                Leawood, KS                  $92,806

4th         James Richards       Denver, CO                     $65,507

5th         Steven Levy                Larkspur, CA                  $47,899

6th         Adam Hudson           Denver, CO                     $36,684

7th         Keith Love                  Denver, CO                     $30,710

8th         Dan Heimiller            Las Vegas, NV               $25,679

9th         Max Chrisp                 Arvada, CO                     $20,962

 

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Horseshoe Cincinnati Hosts Inaugural Queen City Classic on March 13

by | Published: Thursday, February 20th, 2014

The Horseshoe Cincinnati casino will host the first annual Queen City Classic (QCC) from March 13-24. The 12-day poker series boasts a $500,000 in added prizes, a $260 buy-in $100,000 first-place guarantee opener, and a $1,500 Main Event.

The self-named Ohio tournament series is the first of its kind in the Buckeye State, so it should see a successful turnout. The series will kick off with a $260 re-entry event featuring a $500,000 guaranteed prize pool and six starting flights—each permitting unlimited re-entry.

Players who advance from the multiple starting flights, or “double qualifiers”, will earn themselves a $2,000 bonus. That means, a player could advance from all six starting flights, with $10,000 worth of bonuses, and still be in the running for the guaranteed six-figure prize.

The $1,500 Main Event will begin on March 21, and as in the re-entry event players are permitted unlimited re-entry.

There will also be a five-tournament bounty series at the QCC. Running nightly at 5 PM from the 18-22, each $200 event awards a $50 bounty bonus each time a player eliminates another opponent. At the end of the series, the top 54 players re-gather to complete in a $25,000 freeroll. These top players include: the five tournament winners, the top five players (excluding the winner) with the most bounty bonuses each night, and the top 24 total bounty leaders.

The final event the QCC will offer is a Turbo Series featuring 10 tournaments running daily at 2 PM from the 13-23. Each tournament is an independent event, but all are inclusive in the 11-tournament Turbo Series and count towards the series leaderboard. After the 11th event, the top ten players earn a share a $30,000 put up by Horseshoe Cincinnati itself. $10,000 of that goes to the top point scorer.

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