5 Worst Moments from the 2011 World Series of Poker
There was of shortage of great moments at the 2011 WSOP, but as always there were some not-so-great moments during the six weeks of chaos.
These are five of the true lowlights:
1. Phil Ivey Sits Out Entire 2011 WSOP
Phil Ivey announced on the first day of the 2011 WSOP that he was sitting out the entire series due to Full Tilt not paying back US players.
Ivey then filed a lawsuit against Full Tilt Poker for $150 million that essentially seemed like a ploy for him to get out of his non-compete agreement.
As the series plodded along, Full Tilt had its gaming license suspended and decided to go into negotiations with "European investors" that prompted Ivey to drop his suit.
However, Ivey decided to stay in Ireland and work with Full Tilt on the deal as opposed coming back to Vegas to try and improve on his eight WSOP bracelets.
Say what you will about Ivey's genuine intentions in all this, when the world's best poker player doesn't play in the showcase poker series of the year, some of its luster is lost.
2. James Bord Threatens John Juanda During $25k Heads-Up Championship
On Day 1 of the $25k Heads-Up Championship, James Bord started running his mouth to John Juanda and the "conversation" continued after Bord lost his match.
When Juanda asked him what the problem was, Bord reportedly proceeded to call Juanda a thieving prick, a disgrace and a fake and disgusting human being.
Finally, Bord told him that if he saw him outside, he was going to beat his ass.
Floor and security personnel were brought into it and the two had to be removed from the room as security sorted things out.
3. Darcourt Doesn't Want to Show
In a huge hand with Matt Gianetti on Day 6 of the Main Event, Darcourt folded on a flop of Js-3h-3c after Gianetti three-bet.
Darcourt tried to slide the cards to the muck, but the TV producer told the dealer to hold the cards.
Darcourt told the producer that he refused to show and this sparked a debate.
Floor staff came over and told him that he signed a contract to comply with TV production crews.
Darcourt defiantly told them to show him said contract.
The floor then threatened Darcourt with a penalty and Darcourt told them to give him the penalty.
After a few minutes, Darcourt calmed down enough to finally show his cards and then he stormed off.
It should be noted that weeks ahead of time a release was sent by the WSOP stating that players will have to sign a release agreeing to cooperate with the TV crews at all times.
If players did not want to do so, the WSOP's response was that they "should not play the Main Event."
4. Carter Gill Makes Day 2 of Main Event and Gets Banned From Caesars' Properties
Carter Gill made it through Day 1c of the Main Event with around 50k in chips.
In the time between Day 1c and Day 2, Gill went and got himself banned from all Caesars' properties, which includes the Rio.
The skinny of the story is that he got into an altercation with his girlfriend and threw her clothes out of the window.
Tournament Director Jack Effel told Gill that his hands were tied in the matter and Gill's stack was blinded off.
I'll take clothes tossing for $10k, Alex.
5. Treatment of Jonathan Epstein by Rio Floor Staff at Ladies Event Final
It was no surprise that fans at the final table of the $1k Ladies Event acted rudely and consistently jeered Jonathan Epstein for making the final table.
After all, he is a man playing in a women's event.
However, the floor staff that ran the event that day clearly acted unprofessional towards Epstein.
In past events, fans would be forbidden to jeer and boo players. That was not even attempted.
When the final table was made, the floor announced "Good luck everyone" before looking at Epstein and stating "not everyone."
A few more random, demeaning cracks were directed Epstein's way and when he busted from the event the same floorman joined in with the crowd as they sung "Hey, Hey, Goodbye" as Epstein departed.
While that type of behavior was expected from the fans, floor staff usually try and rise above such antics.
While Epstein's choice to play the Ladies Event may not be a popular one, he was still a customer of the Rio, Caesars and the WSOP and should have been treated professionally by staff.
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