The tranquil atmosphere brought about by super high-stakes poker pros who are labeled to be some of the most collected and calm personalities was interrupted briefly this past weekend, when a short display of violence sparked out in Bobby's Room at the Bellagio casino.
Jimmy Fricke, a lower-stakes poker pro, was watching the Big Game on June 25 comprised of famous players like Gus Hansen and Phil Ivey, when he wrote in his Twitter account, "Full on fist fight in Bobby's room just broke out. Was over pretty quick but wow."
The short brawl was apparently between "some guy in the game" and "Phil Ivey's bodyguard", but there was no explanation as to what caused the scuffle.
A bit of prodding across Twitter and other poker forums resulted to some information that might shed some light (although not completely reliable) on the incident. User GazzyB123 on the 2+2 poker forums claimed he has seen a video clip of it, and said no punches were thrown but one was body-slammed. He said the video showed two African-American males standing up, stared each other down when, "the big big dude just throws him to the ground like a rag doll and the other guy gets up and just sits back down hahahaha."
As usual whenever the WSOP is in full swing, Bobby's Room is that special place to be for those looking for uber-high stakes poker action. Isolated by glass walls, that special room in Bellagio has become a landmark to some of the highest stakes poker games in the world.
Gus Hansen has tweeted about his experience in there, such as losing a $60K pot to Daniel Cates. Also, just recently he said that players were "turning up the heat", raising the blinds to $3,000/$6,000.
Scott Seiver verified on his Twitter feed that the blinds were at that exact amount. On June 22, Thursday, he tweeted he was awake for 24 hours playing in it, and by June 24, Saturday, he said he had been at the table for 44 of the last 48 hours.
Even if the sessions seem to be a torture sleep-wise, he wrote that it is going to be a "great summer."