A desk draw controversy, a finalist hospitalised and a probably historic back-to-back victory happened final night time on the Venetian.
937 gamers launched into the Venetian for the World Poker Tour for what was the largest ever area for a $5,000 Main Event. Considering we’re in the course of a pandemic that’s a story in itself.
But it was a memorable WPT Main Event for a lot of different causes, there was additionally a controversy across the preparations for the ultimate desk. It was an eight handed match all through however WPT televised closing tables are six handed. As a end result the organisers cut up the ultimate eight gamers into two tables of 4 to hurry issues up moderately than simply play two extra eliminations earlier than the official closing desk began. A call not one of the finalists agreed with:
Here’s the story from WPT Venetian important….I simply hope everybody can perceive precisely how terrible this was on many ranges and the folks accountable take some accountability. These kind of issues ought to by no means occur once more pic.twitter.com/aSwlrcHlvM
— jaredjaffee (@jaredjaffee21) March 9, 2021
The subsequent plot twist appeared like we might have a big disruption to the finale, as Fedor Holz revealed 2nd in chips Roland Rokita was hospitalised and unable to attend.
This isn’t the primary time this has occurred at a closing desk and it sparked a debate about whether or not suspending or letting his stack blind out was truthful (which might have created a big ICM dynamic). It has shades of final 12 months’s WSOP Main Event the place this occurred at each closing tables and in every case the participant was disqualified.
Roland Rokita is WPT closing desk 2/6 and simply bought to hospital with a extreme emergency operation. Do you already know who’s in cost for the match? Can somebody assist? It’s supposed to start out in two hours.
— Fedor Holz (@CrownUpGuy) March 9, 2021
Amazingly Rokita managed to take a look at of hospital and play the ultimate desk, ultimately coming third for $363,235.
A probably historical past victory
The occasion concluded when Qing Liu defeated WSOP Main Event champion Joe McKeehen heads-up for the title and $752,880. This could show a memorable victory in itself as a result of Liu will subsequent be seen at a WPT closing desk…..tonight.
He was one of many gamers who made the ultimate desk of the WPT Gardens Poker Championship in January 2020 which was then delayed due to the pandemic. It lastly reconvenes tomorrow the place he’s fifth in chips and enjoying for $554,495.
So a win tonight might make him the quickest or slowest back-to-back champion in WPT historical past, relying in your perspective.
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