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Poker Pro Sues WSOP for Throwing Him Out of Main Event and Ruining His Career

Thursday, August 23rd, 2018

joseph-stiers-wsop-ejectionPoker pro Joseph Stiers is suing the World Series of Poker, claiming that he was wrongly thrown out of the 2017 WSOP Main Event.

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.

Scott Blumstein Wins 2017 WSOP Main Event – Dominates Final Table

Monday, July 24th, 2017

scott-blumstein-2017-wsop-main-eventScott Blumstein has won the 2017 WSOP Main Event along with $8,150,000. The New Jersey native dominated the final table and almost led wire to wire.

Blumstein started with a slight lead over John Hesp when the final table began. Outside of a brief point where Hesp took the lead, Blumstein crushed his final table competition. And this is quite a turnaround for a guy who couldn’t even afford to buy into the Main Event last summer.

Blumstein Goes from Not Playing WSOP to being a Champion

The WSOP Main Event buy-in is $10,000. And Blumstein found this to be too rich for his bankroll last year. So he entered a $1 million deepstack event at the Borgata Summer Poker Open.

Playing over 2,500 miles from the bright lights of the Rio, Blumstein won the $1 million deepstack tourney along with $200,000. He then parlayed these winnings into a $10k buy-in in the 2017 WSOP Main Event, which has become a life-changing experience.

“The world is a funny place, and funny things happen here,” said Blumstein. “My story’s a pretty interesting one, I think, and for it to end and climax in this fashion is something I never thought possible.”

How Blumstein’s Victory Happened

7,221 players entered the 2017 Main Event, which is the third most in the tournament’s history. And it wasn’t until Day 7 that Blumstein began emerging as the potential champion. When the final table was formed, he held a chip lead with 97,250,00.

Of course, chip leads can quickly change in poker. But not in Blumstein’s case, as he perfectly used his edge to win small and big pots.

One defining hand during the tournament is when Blumstein eliminated France’s Antoine Saout in fifth place. This was big because he gained over 60% of the chips in play.

“I feel pretty fortunate throughout the whole tournament to have a big stack, but that’s what the Main Event allows you to do,” he said. “I definitely think having a big stack allows you to put pressure on and that increases your chances of winning for sure.”

Heads-Up Play

scott-blumstein-ben-pollak-pokerAfter France’s Benjamin Pollak was knocked out in third place, Blumstein and Daniel Ott faced off for poker glory. Blumstein held a 2-to-1 chip lead and never looked back. 65 hands later, he finished off his opponent by hitting a 3-outer deuce to win the event.

“Is there a better way to win the Main Event than hitting a three-outer on the river? A normally inconsequential deuce just changed my life,” he exclaimed. “I’m going to be honest. I wish I could say that I was thinking it was coming the whole time, but I was mentally preparing for 40-big blind poker.”

Ott certainly wasn’t sad about finishing runner-up and scooping $4,700,000. The Pennsylvanian scored big in his WSOP debut.

“This whole thing has just been amazing,” Ott said. “I’m the happiest person ever, maybe next to Scott. I can’t complain about $4.7 million. It’s an amazing experience.”

2017 WSOP Main Event Final Table Results

1. Scott Blumstein (Morristown, New Jersey) – $8,150,000
2. Daniel Ott (Altoona, Pennsylvania) – $4,700,000
3. Benjamin Pollak (Paris) – $3,500,000
4. John Hesp (Bridlington, England) – $2,600,000
5. Antoine Saout (Paris) – $2,000,000
6. Bryan Piccioli (Allegany, New York) – $1,675,000
7. Damian Salas (Buenos Aires, Argentina) – $1,425,000
8. Jack Sinclair (London) – $1,200,000
9. Ben Lamb (Las Vegas) – $1,000,000

Scott Blumstein Leads 2017 WSOP Main Event Final Table

Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

2017-wsop-main-event-final-tableThe 2017 WSOP Main Event final table has been decided after 7 days of play.

9 players remain from the original 7,221-player field, with American semi-pro Scott Blumstein leading the way. Let’s recap how the final table was formed and discuss some of the notable finalists.

Final Day of Play

27 hopefuls began Day 7 of the WSOP Main Event seeking a final table spot.

Christian Pham had the best chance at moving on because he had the chip lead. Unfortunately for Pham, this wasn’t his day as he busted out in 19th place ($263,532).

Marcel “The Flying Dutchman” Luske was one of the biggest names on the final day. But he too would bust out early, settling for 23rd place ($263,532).

Michael Ruane, who took fourth in last year’s main Event ($2.5 million), was looking to make his second-straight final table. However, he was the 10th-place bubble boy ($825,001) after his A-6 combo fell to Damian Salas’ J-J.

2017 WSOP Main Event Final Table Chip Counts

1. Scott Blumstein (US) – 97,250,000 chips (122bb)
2. John Hesp (UK) – 85,700,000 (107bb)
3. Benjamin Pollak (Fr) – 35,175,000 (44bb)
4. Bryan Piccioli (US) – 33,800,000 (42bb)
5. Dan Ott (US) – 26,475,000 (33bb)
6. Damian Salas (Arg) – 22,175,000 (28bb)
7. Antoine Saout (Fr) – 21,750,000 (27bb)
8. Jack Sinclair (UK) – 20,200,000 (25bb)
9. Ben Lamb (US) – 18,050,000 (23bb)

Notable 2017 Main Event Finalists

Scott Blumstein

scott-blumsteinAll eyes are on this amateur player, who’s carved out a decent career with $312,142 in live winnings and another $147,046 online. Inspired by Chris Moneymaker’s 2003 Main Event victory, Blumstein has been playing poker ever since. And he has a chance to emulate Moneymaker’s win 14 years later.

“I feel amazing, I can’t believe its real,” said Blumstein. “I have a great group of guys and we’re going to get to work to prepare for Thursday. This is one of the biggest moments of my life. And I’m super excited.”

ben-lamb-2017-main-eventBen Lamb

Ben Lamb is the biggest name on the final table. He has over $7.2 million in live earnings. He also won a gold bracelet and WSOP Player of the Year in 2011.

Antoine Saout

The Frenchman’s poker career got off to a bang when he finished third in the 2009 WSOP Main Event and earned $3,479,670. Antione Saout has continued playing well since then, racking up $5,551,412 in live tournament winnings.

John Hesp

This 64-year-old grandfather is making headlines for his flamboyant dress and age. The Brit was asked about his wardrobe, to which he said the following:

“This shirt and this jacket and two other shirts, which are back in the hotel being laundered as we speak, were loaned to me by a good friend who lives back home in Bridlington. I commented on how much I liked his shirts the last time we were here in Vegas and he offered to loan them to me for the trip this time. They so far have brought me very good luck.”

2017 WSOP Main Event Entries – Third Largest Ever

Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

2017-wsop-main-event-entries7,221 players entered the 2017 Main Event, making it the third-largest field in history. The 7,221 entries also makes the 2017 WSOP Main Event the biggest in eight years.

4,262 players entered Day 1C – the last day for registration – helping secure this year’s ME place in history. The last time this many players participated was 2010, when 7,319 entries turned out.

“It’s amazing on all fronts, the third-largest Main Event ever,” said tournament director Jack Effel.

“It’s such a great tournament, and I’m really happy to see the number so high,” said WSOP champ Eric Baldwin. “It’s a great field, all the characters really show up for this one, and it’s a fun atmosphere.”

Brandon-Shack Harris, another WSOP winner, also discussed the large field size.

“I think it’s awesome!” he said. “It’s great that the fields keep growing. I’m pretty acclimated to the endurance it takes to try to stay sharp. I try not to ever look at the field, and just focus on my table. And I turn around every now and then and see there are fewer tables. But I try not to think about it at all when I’m playing.”

Day 1C is a Record

2017 World Series of PokerThe 4,262 players who signed up for Day 1C is a Main Event record for a single-day field.

The previous record was the 4,240 entries on Day 1C of the 2016 ME.

The 2017 Main Event got off to a mediocre start, with 795 players turning out for Day 1A. On Day 1B, 2,164 players registered. But the record-setting Day 1C is what pushed this year’s field to impressive heights.

2017 WSOP Main Event Prize will be 10th Largest Ever

Thanks to all the entries, the 2017 ME champion will take home $8,150,000 – the 10th-largest payout in Main Event history.

The all-time record is the $12,000,000 payout that Jamie Gold won in 2006. Not coincidentally, this year also set the record for most Main Event entries with 8,773.

Record for Players Cashing

The reason why the 2017 field second ranks third overall, and the top prize ranks 10th all time, is due to the WSOP’s flatter payout structure.

Many players voiced their opinion that they’d rather see more payouts made than astronomical prizes at the top. And they’ll get their wish in 2017, with a record-1,084 players getting paid.

2017 WSOP Schedule Released – 3 Online Bracelet Events on Tap

Saturday, January 28th, 2017

2017-wsopThe 2017 WSOP schedule has been finalized, and the most-notable change this year is 3 online bracelet events.

Running from May 20 to July 17, 2017 at the Rio All Suite Hotel & Casino, the event will feature 74 gold bracelet tournaments in all, with buy-ins running from $333 up to $111,111 (One Drop High Roller).

The $333 buy-in tourney will be the online NL Hold’em event (June 3), featuring a guaranteed $333,333 prize pool. Another online tournament is the $3,333 High Roller (July 3), which has no guarantee.

Other new and exciting events include:

– The Giant, a $365 buy-in NLHE tournament (June 9-July 8), will last on and off for five weeks.

– The Marathon, a $2,620 NLHE tourney with 100-minute levels and starting stacks of 26,200 chips, will run from June 12-16.

– $10,000 Tag Team event (May 31-June 2), where teams of 2-4 entrants can switch players during the 3-day tournament.

– $10,000 PLO Hi-Lo championship spanning from Jun 26-28.

– $1,000 super turbo bounty NLHE tourney (June 20), with 20-minute levels and $300 bounties.

– $2,500 Mixed Big Bet tournament (June 30), with 2-7 NL, NL five-card draw, Big O, NLHE, PLO, PLO 8/0B and 2-7 PL triple draw on the schedule.

wsop-november-nine-2016Once again, the WSOP Main Event will be delayed until November once the 9-player final table is formed. This format has worked well for TV coverage and fan interest ever since it was instated in 2008.

“The focus of the schedule remains squarely on two core principles: the biggest prize pools possible and diversity in offerings to provide something for everyone,” said WSOP Tournament Director Jack Effel. “The 48th running of the globe’s biggest poker series promises to deliver on these core principles and ensure another action-packed summer at the Rio. Can’t wait to see you soon.”

Keep in mind that this is only a portion of what you can expect from the 2017 WSOP. So check out the full schedule here if you’d like to see everything that’s on tap.

2016 WSOP Sets Multiple Records

Thursday, July 21st, 2016

The 2016 WSOP marked yet another banner year for the annual poker tournament series. Big records were set in terms of attendance, while several other impressive stats stand out from the event. That said, let’s take a look at what WSOP attendance records were set along with other stats from 2016.

Most Players at the WSOP – 107,833

Last year, the WSOP smashed an overall attendance mark by attracting 103,512 players – up 25% from the previous summer. The 2016 WSOP didn’t feature as impressive of a percentage increase, but it did set a new record for entrants with 107,833 – up 4.2% from 2015. With so many players taking part this summer, it’s a wonder how high the WSOP can climb.

Highest Average WSOP Tournament Attendance – 1,563

Another record that sticks out is how the 69 tournaments this summer drew an average of 1,563 players. This is amazing when you consider that the WSOP Main Event didn’t even reach this number until 2004.

jason-mercier-2-braceletsMost WSOP Players to Cash – 15,767

A lot of poker players left Vegas happy since 15,767 of the 107,833 total entrants cashed. Taking player feedback into account, the WSOP has been making a more-concentrated effort to disperse prize money across a larger percentage of the field, rather than offering gaudy prizes at the top.

An International Affair – 107 Countries

Poker is becoming more and more of a global game, with 107 of the world’s 195 countries represented. It’s little surprise that America had the most players at 84,027 since it’s the host country. But Canada (4,586), the UK (4,388), France (1,293), Russia (1,280), Germany (1,169), and Brazil (970) were all well-represented too.

Fifth-Largest WSOP Main Event – 6,737 Players

2016-wsop-main-event-final-tableIt seems like the WSOP Main Event peaked for good at the 2006 ME, which drew 8,773 players and saw Jamie Gold win a $12 million prize. But the 2016 Main Event marked the first time that attendance has increased since 2011. This year’s ME drew 6,737 players, making it the fifth-largest field in the tournament’s history.

Based on all of these impressive numbers, it’ll be interested to see if the 2017 WSOP marks yet another year of growth.