WSOP Scandal: Antonius and Cloutier Locked Out
The last day of the WSOP Main Event was a sell-out. Around 800 players including top pros Patrik Antonius and TJ Cloutier were denied entrance into the biggest competition of the year.
For players like Patrik Antonius, TJ Cloutier and Ted Forrest, missing out on The Event of the Poker Year is kind of a disaster. And, for the WSOP to shut them out is kind of a scandal.
It's like shutting Roger Federer out of the Wimbledon Championships. There'd probably be a revolution somewhere in Europe if that happened.
What's a World Series of Poker Main Event without the best pros?
No Main Event for Antonius in 2009 WSOP
On the other hand, you have to nod in consent to the words of WSOP commissioner Jeffrey Pollacks:
"Preregistration has been available since March ... Many of the players that got turned down had plenty of opportunity to register weeks ago"
That's true. Why the h-ll did these players wait four months before registering? I mean seriously, how likely is Roger Federer to show up outside The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on the eve of the tournament, asking to register? That's unthinkable.
In the same way it should be unthinkable for a top professional in poker to show up in the last minute to register for the World Championships.
Okay, I know, we're dealing with poker players here, so it's not really unthinkable. But admit that it's a bit - surprising?
In the end, the WSOP Lock-Out Scandal lies upon the pros who didn't register in time. Maybe they just don't care that much about the WSOP Main Event.