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2010 WSOP: Player banned for life

Tags: 2010 wsop, banned, Jack Effel, Michael Craig.
Posted on Wednesday, June 02, 2010 by "T".

Have you ever wondered about different ways of getting banned from a casino or poker tournament? You could start arguing with the staff or steal a sandwich. It will for sure work, just ask Luke Schwartz if you don't believe me. So, what does it take to get banned for life from the World Series of Poker? This is a story about a man who got banned for life the other day, according to Michael Craig's (poker pro) blog.

"How do you get banned for life from the World Series of Poker? According to Tournament Director Jack Effel, "You don't take someone else's chips." This is apparently what happened to the player who escorted from the Amazon Room during the third level of play in the $1,000 NLHE on Saturday afternoon."

"Several players at our table noticed a fiftyish-looking man with gray hair, wearing a baseball cap, being escorted from the Amazon room by three Harrah's security guards. The player in seat one asked Jack Effel , when he walked by a half-hour later, what happened to the guy, "so I don't do the same thing."
Jack explained that Baseball Cap was in a hand with another player when the announcement came that level 2 had ended and the 20-minute break was starting. As is usually the case, the players not in the hand got up and left the table.

The two remaining players played out the hand and our culprit happened to win it. As the dealer pushed the pot his way and he started raking it in, he just pulled the chips in with one hand. He set his other hand down in the spot next to him as if he was using it for leverage to lean forward to pull in the chips. In fact, he placed that hand over a stack of chips of the player next to him (who had left the table like all the others for break).

As he was pulling in the pot with one hand, he noticed the dealer's eyes move off him and at that moment pulled in the chips that were underneath his other hand. To the naked eye it just looked like he was pulling in the chips with both hands.

I don't know whether the adjacent player returned and noticed the missing chips or if this was discovered some other way, but a look at the tape confirmed it and the offending player was gone.
Jack Effel concluded the explanation by saying, "He'll be banned from the World Series forever."




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42 comments for "2010 WSOP: Player banned for life"

 Pitiless6/2/2010 11:13:38 AM GMT
I hate chip thieves, my friends always do that when he play for fun, he laugh and stuff, bcuz it's not important, but that guy is really a prick, how can he blow his cash for some chips and think nobody will notice it?
 ILI_0026/2/2010 12:17:16 PM GMT
What a douchebag! Nice thing that surveillance was heavy at the tables and he got caught... Now he can get his "Clown For Life" award for sure...

#I__CAME__TO__GAME# Heart Diamond
 MANUEDO6/2/2010 12:41:06 PM GMT
Poor man; how can you think to steal chips during a pause ? and for what ? We are not talking about real money ( and I would not justify him anyway ).
 zombraz6/2/2010 12:51:32 PM GMT
 spleeen6/2/2010 2:00:36 PM GMT
lost his WSOP place because of such a thing. lol.
 Yuki5556/2/2010 3:13:53 PM GMT
What a sucker, stealing poker chips, really bad. I hope i will never play with a "person" like that!!
 Calmplay6/2/2010 3:51:37 PM GMT
That's indeed a very stupid action, you know you'll get caught by doing such things as the WSOP's playing room is very well secured in different ways...

He no doubt deserved to be ban but he also deserve a Spank from the victim player Agree
 DAGOR6/2/2010 4:52:43 PM GMT
Hello everyone!
It is a very good thing that's been sanctioned. Really too boring if we must always watched his stack with a magnifying glass lol.
See you soon for new posts lol!
 schmoyster6/2/2010 5:41:57 PM GMT
In earlier times they would have worked on his hands with a hammer.
 NaziPal6/2/2010 6:11:27 PM GMT
I didnt think someone would be desperate enough to do that, i mean is it worth the risk and the corresponding penalty to get a few more chips. It doesn't even guarantee that you'd win. at best it mayjust get you to the final table.!?! What the fudge!
 shokaku6/2/2010 7:11:42 PM GMT
I guess he has had problems understanding the "you have to accumulate chips" part all the tourney books mention.
 teteban6/2/2010 8:35:55 PM GMT
Another good way would be to stand up and *beat* a dealer *badly* because of giving you a bad beat Tongue
 kazman6/2/2010 8:49:19 PM GMT
Come on, he just want to count the other guys stack, thats all i see here. lol

No, hes definitely a faggot. Securety should rape him around the corner.
 Kristan6/2/2010 9:07:21 PM GMT
LOL, speechless. Think of how many times he has been doing it before, and now finally being caught haha, fkn mint I have to say. Hard to believe someone can actually be that stupid lol.
 magatt9666/2/2010 9:22:36 PM GMT
Posted by shokaku:
I guess he has had problems understanding the "you have to accumulate chips" part all the tourney books mention.

lol..maybe he stealed by himself those pages

anyway this is the best example of what should be called "poor playing"
 jessthehuman6/3/2010 1:46:43 AM GMT
I've played against chip thieves before. Before I stated playing online in I used to play in pub leagues and every now and again someone would be banned for life for stealing chips. Normally once you suspected someone, you'd secretly "set them up" everyone on the table would count their stacks before the break and re-count afterwards. And you'd have a group consensus rather than one persons word against another (its trickier to prove without security cameras). It was really dumb, cause the prizes weren't major, it was basically just for a good night out and then these people couldn't play anymore.
 sensao876/3/2010 4:48:12 AM GMT
idiot lol
 batai_0tw6/3/2010 7:09:25 AM GMT
what a fail Big Smile he was acfting like a little child Big Smile
 mazas6/3/2010 8:04:40 AM GMT
lol terrible story
 T3ddyKGB6/3/2010 9:05:55 AM GMT
Posted by shokaku:
I guess he has had problems understanding the "you have to accumulate chips" part all the tourney books mention.

hahaha Thumbs Up

anyways, how stupid can you be (as the most thiefs) to steal in a casino - aka big brother is watching you - with dozen cameras observing you.
 B1gfoot6/3/2010 3:06:39 PM GMT
Thats what you call "stealing the blinds"
 KoldShadow6/3/2010 3:16:01 PM GMT
LOL FURREAL FURREAL . . . too bad this wasn't a textbook move, and the house exercised extreme castigation! Permabanned from the WSOP, though, cot damn . . . justice is served! Agree
 lokipoker6/3/2010 3:58:10 PM GMT
lol, that must be the most stupid player ever.. but you wonder, if he did it, how often did he actually get away with it?
 Pjot6/3/2010 4:15:29 PM GMT
A true gamlber indeed, putting his whole career in the WSOP on line, since the action probably wasn't exiting enough as it was...

I wonder how many times he has gotten away with it before?
 ZmxPowah6/3/2010 5:09:50 PM GMT
Hahaha he is my personal Hero fo sure!.
You say he was stupid etc.... but think how much balls u need to have to do something like that!
Anyway how he could think other players wouldn't notice they are lack of chips lmao.
 matt67816/4/2010 5:30:49 PM GMT
the worst part about it. is he was raking a pot he just won and still had the gull to steal chips from a neighbor. greedy bastard lol
 youngbaboon6/4/2010 8:15:01 PM GMT
Wow, that's gotta be the dumbest thing in the world to steal chips in the middle of a tournement. A)scummy B)retarded
 SonFelix6/4/2010 9:01:37 PM GMT
right decission with that stupid douchebag Thumbs Up

I just can´t understand why are these kinda players coming in events like WSOP... I could understand if some kids steals some chips in a "home game" where couple of friends are playing against each other but in WSOP Main Event WTF Shock
 faukendoobin6/5/2010 1:42:02 AM GMT
geese, what wrong with finding loop holes .........that's what our whole government system is based on

i guess my last post wasn't sufficient for any mob points so i'll try to make it a little longer this time. This post is about people being banned for life....just don't leave on breaks....wear a depends if you think you'll have to go to the bathroom or bring one of those electric cigarettes if you need a smoke do what ever you need to in order to not leave the table.......it seems to me that if the money is what your after compromises can be made
 ahhshucks6/5/2010 3:45:56 PM GMT
wow, and he was listed as up and comming with no signs of slowing down in WSOP 2009
 grilldoggy6/5/2010 4:38:52 PM GMT
Wow, huge mistake. And not exactly a great reward either.
 MadMurkin6/6/2010 4:02:35 PM GMT
Got his just desserts! This kind of thing happens too often in low key tournaments not held in casino's around the world. You can't beat the security camera's at these type of events which is exactly why I only ever play at these type of venues now. The days of those pub poker tourneys is over with this sort of pathetic display happening regularly. What a moron!
 Pjot6/6/2010 5:43:54 PM GMT
Posted by faukendoobin:
geese, what wrong with finding loop holes .........that's what our whole government system is based on


You sir, post a lot of crap. Entertainng such, I have to grant you, but still, crap.

With that said, This quote, is very true.
 Piotrunnio6/7/2010 7:57:06 PM GMT
The biggest idiot in the world, he is crazy!. We live in 21st century so it was really stupid. He decided to never play wsop. Idiot!
 ierons6/13/2010 3:45:35 AM GMT
The cameras do not catch everything.
I found that out in a hand last year where a dealer mucked my straight and shipped pot to AA.
The ruling was that because 2 players saw the winning straight that I got the pot.
Think that would have tilted me a wee bit, difference between 8k and 42k.
 Merfis6/17/2010 3:36:29 AM GMT
Big Smile Big Smile Big Smile Sick player is there video somewhere?
 watoba6/19/2010 2:32:01 AM GMT
what a stupid idiot he must banned in all casino´s world wide for the rest of his fucking life
i hate those peoples
 Funope6/23/2010 3:16:04 AM GMT
Good that he got caught for this sick action. You don't do this!!!Stupid to try to win this way.
 viaditihema6/25/2010 11:05:58 AM GMT
if this kind of things will happened than no body would beleive the reality of poker
in my points of veiw this is right decision to banned that person and strict action should be take .
what a shame on these guys that do this chief kind of act..

 SuperNoob7/8/2010 5:16:44 PM GMT
what a moron, he got what he deserved. he won a hand , should have been satisfied from that chips. but instead got greedy, and acted like a 4yr old. noob , lmao
 dozn017/9/2010 10:04:12 AM GMT
greedy idiot he just won a pot too and does that
 Fackinas7/9/2010 10:52:50 AM GMT
Posted by dozn01:
greedy idiot he just won a pot too and does that


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