Big Changes Revealed for WSOP
The 2014 World Series of Poker is right around the corner and we now know a bit more on what to expect.
Also, some of the players impacted by the Borgata chip scandal have filed a lawsuit.
WSOP Conference Call Reveals Big Changes
The WSOP held its pre-event conference call on Tuesday and some big changes were announced. The biggest was the integration of WSOP.com into the entire series.
Players will have the chance to play on WSOP.com during the entire WSOP and officials have gone to the extreme in making sure players have access.
First, those wishing to play can deposit at the Rio and will receive a 100% bonus up to $1,000. Next, play on laptops and mobile devices is allowed at the tables, even once the money is reached.
Satellites to bracelet events and the Main Event will be held on WSOP.com. The site has already awarded over 100 seats to the Main Event.
A grind room has also been setup inside the Rio for those who want to play online away from the crowds.
Other changes include moving evening event start times from 5 p.m. to 4 p.m., mega satellites daily for all bracelet events, new chairs, carpeting and various pre-event promotions.
Borgata Chip Scandal Victims Sue Borgata
Six of the players impacted by the Borgata chip scandal earlier this year have filed a lawsuit against the casino.
Cuong Phung, Michael Sneideman, Alvin Vatanavan, Christopher Korres, Duane Haughton and Cuong Tran have filed a Civil Action Complaint claiming Negligence, Breach of Contract, Negligence Per Se and Breach of Implied Contract. They were among the final 27 players remaining when the event was cancelled.
The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement ruled that the final 27 players were to receive $19,323 and the Borgata would pay $560 to the other 2,143 players who might have been impacted by the scandal.
However, plaintiffs argue that had the final 27 players chosen to chop the remaining prize pool they would have received $53,079.44. Each plaintiff is seeking $33,756.44, the difference in payout amounts.
Also, the lawsuit implies that the Borgata may have paid some of the other remaining 27 players more than $19,323. If this can be proven, it will likely force the Borgata to settle out of court.