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WSOP Dealer Allows Player to Give His Stack Away to Opponent

October 7, 2021

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A player in a World Series of Poker event has forfeited his stack after trying to give the chips away to another player at the table. The dealer apparently didn’t have any idea how serious this breach of the rules is, leaving the other players no option but to call the floor over.

A Sign of Things to Come?

Josh Heinzl, who was at the table, clarified exactly what the dealer had said: “He said 'Are you all cool with that?' to the 4 of us remaining at the table including the forfeiting and potential benefitting player. Once I called it out, the benefitting player tried to negotiate by suggesting we split it 3 ways.”

Caesars Entertainment will be embarrassed by news of this spreading on social media. They are already under pressure after news leaked about them only employing less than half of the 1,300 dealers they need to ensure smooth running of the festival.

Heinzl added that around half the dealers he encountered on the first two days were on their first ever day as a dealer.

Both Bally’s and the Flamingo have closed down their poker rooms for the duration of the WSOP in order for the dealers to move up the road to the Rio Convention Center. It looks like what Caesars currently has is how it will be for the duration. Fingers crossed that it all works out and the rest of the festival runs as smoothly as we’re used to seeing.

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