The event happened in 2017, when Poker Night in America was filming at the Philadelphia-based casino. Kaufman, an amateur player and businessman, wanted to do a fun gamble with Polk after the game ended.
They agreed to a 10-card stud flip with $42k on the line. Poker pro Shaun Deeb, who participated in the game earlier, filmed the hand and put it online.
What Happened in the $42k Hand?
Kaufman and Polk each turned over one card at a time until they could best the other player’s board. Polk was showing aces, which caused Kaufman, who was showing eights and fours, to negotiate a buyout.
He offered $25,000, which Polk accepted. The rest of the cards were turned over, showing that Kaufman would have won the hand with a straight had he let things play out.
Why Was SugarHouse Fined Over This Poker Hand?
The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board recently discussed the 10-card stud flip at a meeting. They cited how 10-card stud isn’t authorized in the Keystone State and thus constituted illegal gambling in this case.
The two supervisors told the dealer to run the hand. He was let off the hook with a warning and still retains his job. However, the supervisors have since resigned over allowing the controversial hand.
Polk felt guilty for costing two men their jobs. He posted the following in a forum:
“I just thought it would be a fun thing to stream that people on my channel would like seeing. Especially coming from Las Vegas where flips are completely acceptable, I didn’t really think that it could cause any issues. Once again, I apologize that my actions caused harm to others, even if it was inadvertently.”
You can see the Gaming Control Board discussing the hand in the video below between the 1:15:00 and 1:20:10 mark: