Daniel Negreanu Angle Shooting Accusation At WSOP 2011June 24, 2011 6:39 am
Controversy broke out at WSOP Event 37: $10k H.O.R.S.E. Championship, after Canadian pro Daniel Negreanuaccused Michael Binger of cheating during a hand played on Day 2 of the tournament.
Michael Binger famously finished 3rd at the 2006 WSOP Main Event for $4,123,310 and has since gone on to earn $6,899,298 from live tournaments.
However, the US pro’s antics at this year’s $10k H.O.R.S.E. Championship failed to impress Daniel Negreanu, who felt compelled to accuse the 34 year old of angle shooting.
Angle shooting is where a player exploits technically legal loop holes in the game to gain an unfair advantage over an opponent, although the practice is frowned upon as unethical.
In this instance, despite not being involved in the 10 minute hand Negreanu was most vocal in accusing Binger of angle shooting prompting the US pro to tell Negreanu to shut his “God-damn mouth.”
The controversy revolved around a hand played where Binger’s opponent made a 6,000 pre-flop raise only to be 3-bet by Binger to 9,000. After just calling, his opponent then check-raised Binger’s undersized bet of just 1,500 to to 3,000 when Negreanu became involved.
The bet was, in fact, half that of which the 3,000 and 6,000 limits rule allowed, resulting in a heated response from Negreanu who saw this as a move by Binger to discover his opponent’s intentions at a knock-down price.
Eventually, tournament director Robbie Thompson was called in to sort out the dilema, before finally ruling that Binger’s half size bet should now become a 3,000 full bet with his opponent’s raise then becoming a call.
Michael Binger then asked about any potential penalties which might affect his decision before eventually folding the hand after being reassured there wouldn’t be any.
Before leaving the table, tournament director Thompson said “Are we good here?” with one of other players quipping back; “Just throw them out to be safe!”
Both Negreanu and Binger did make up though, and Binger later finished the day as chip leader while Negreanu was eliminated before the end of play.