Confusion Reigns At WSOP Re-Entry EventJune 4, 2012 12:30 pm
Confusion reigned at the WSOP $1,500 No Limit Hold’em Re-entry event, after several players who busted out of the tournament were able to buy back in on the very same day they were eliminated.
The rules of Event #9 stipulate that any player who busts out on Day 1a can re-enter on Day 1b. However, a combination of competitors not being au fait with the rules, as well as a new computer software glitch lead to a total of 81 players re-entering on Day 1a, with 3 of them actually succeeding.
The error was eventually discovered after the high profile bust-out of Will Failla drew the attention of Chris Moorman, who tweeted at the time:
“So @WillFailla is drawing dead. UTG puts out his hand for handshake and Will tells him to kill himself and storms off.”
A short while later, Moorman then spotted Failla playing at one of the tournament tables and so informed casino officials who promptly removed him from the competition. Following a thorough investigation, of the three people who succeeded in re-entering Event #9, two were subsequently removed while the other player was already found to have busted out once more. Commenting on the situation, Caesars VP of Corporate Communications Seth Palansky, said:
“If we believed they knew what they were doing and thought they wouldn’t get caught, their money would stay in the prize pool and they would suffer the future consequences. But we don’t believe that was their intent. We had 81 people try to re-enter and we don’t believe 81 people were trying to cheat.”
Subsequently, two of the players had their entry fees returned, while the eliminated player’s money stayed in the prize pool. Setting the record straight, Will Faill then took to twitter himself and wrote:
“I want to apologize to the poker community. I thought u [sic] could re-buy in the first 4 levels in today’s event. I was extremely embarrassed.”