This Week in Poker: Stations Balks on Bad Beat Jackpot
Last July at the Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa in Las Vegas, 83-year-old poker player Avi Shamir made a straight flush – and lost the pot anyway. In theory, that meant Shamir had won his share of the casino’s $120,000 progressive bad beat jackpot. But the casino ruled that one of the other players exposed his cards before the hand was over, thus invalidating the jackpot payout. On Tuesday, the Nevada Gaming Control Board started hearing arguments about whether the money should be paid; they’re expected to reach a decision sometime in early January.
It’s not just Shamir who’s waiting for the results. He’ll receive $60,000 if the board rules in his favor, with $30,000 going to the winner of the hand, Len Schreter, and the remaining $30,000 split among everyone else who was playing at any of the five Stations Casino card rooms in Las Vegas. Surveillance footage of the hand in question reportedly shows Schreter tabling his cards after the river was dealt, but before the dealer called for the hands to be shown. The board originally ruled that the jackpot should be paid out, leading to the casino’s appeal and last week’s subsequent hearing.
2018 WSOP Schedule Released
It didn’t take long for World Series of Poker officials to respond to the apparent leak of their 2018 schedule for the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Vegas. On Wednesday, the WSOP officially released their full schedule for 2018, with 78 events in total. It’s pretty much the same as the early draft, with nine new events added to last year’s slate and five taken away – including the $10,000 Tag Team tourney.
Among the new events is the $365 Pot-Limit Omaha GIANT tournament, yet another large-field event for recreational players, and at the other end of the spectrum, a $50,000 High Roller No-Limit Hold’em tourney. Most importantly, the $1 million buy-in Big One for One Drop is a definite go, and it will be the last event on the 2018 schedule, starting on July 15 and running for three days. The $10,000 Main Event begins July 2 and runs through July 14.
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