He also believes that the incident ruined his poker career and now wants “equitable and injunctive relief,” including punitive damages from the WSOP’s parent company Caesars Interactive Entertainment.
What Happened during Stiers’ WSOP Ejection
Stiers’ court documents describe how he was ejected from the 2017 Main Event on Day 3 with 630,000 chips, which put him in the “top nine” at this juncture of the tournament. The filings also note that he didn’t receive a refund on his $10,000 buy-in.
Why was Stiers Thrown Out of the Main Event?
In 2015, Joseph Stiers was ejected from Caesars Horseshoe Casino in Maryland after management felt he was counting cards. Stiers told the Baltimore Sun that he was thrown out multiple times and had $350 confiscated.
“I was grabbed, handcuffed, and quickly moved to a private room,” he said.
Casino officials said that he “trespassed from all Caesars properties.” They also explained that he’d been barred from their properties since 2014.
Stiers Has been Playing in the WSOP Main Event for Years
Attorneys for Stiers note that the poker pro has been playing in the Main Event since being banned from Caesars properties in 2014. He even cashed in the 2016 WSOP Main Event, finishing 640th place and earning $18,000.
However, he also used the pseudo name “Joseph Conorstiers” to enter, which is a combination of his last and middle names.
Caesars Interactive has since responded to the lawsuit by noting the extreme measures Stiers used to enter the 2017 ME, including changing his residence from “Maryland” to “Washington D.C.”
Stiers’ documents counters with the following:
“Caesars/WSOP had always accepted my money and retained my money when I was losing poker tournaments, which totaled to over $200,000, but only enforced this trespass eviction during a tournament when I was in a position to win up to $8 million and had around $150,000 in current chip equity,” Stiers wrote, acting as his own legal representation.
Stiers finishes by noting Caesars “freerolled” him by only ejecting him in the middle of a strong tournament run.