WSOPE Berlin Was a Mistake

5 years ago
WSOP Berlin Was a Mistake
20 Oct

Theo Jorgensen became one of the WSOPE’s (latest) casualties when he left Berlin yesterday – but it was a ‘self-inflicted’ rail for the Danish poker pro.

His withdrawal came after he denounced the decision to hold the event in Berlin, citing problems with wire transfers, advertising logos, cash-game rake increases and €10 bottles of water!

Jorgensen, who sits 3rd on Denmark’s all-time money list with more than $3.6million in earnings, took to Facebook to announce:

A very short trip to Berlin. Decided to go home days before planned even though the hotel was paid. Personally I feel the dude who made the decision to have WSOPE in Berlin should get fired.”

His twitter feed clearly spelled out what the problems were…

His first bone of contention with the Berlin organisers centred around the lack of payment options at the ‘Spielbank Berlin’ on Marlene-Dietrich Platz, which is hosting the event which will run until the 24th October - though with Jorgensen no longer in attendance.

Wire transfers are not possible so everyone has to travel with loads of cash. That alone should be enough to get the dude fired in my point of view,” steamed the pro, who had earlier in the week busted out of the PLO stating, “This PLO bracelet was ugly anyway. Going after the NL today or the mixedgame bracelet tomorrow.”

Next up in the firing line was the issue of sponsors and advertising, Joregensen claiming:

Pros cant advertise so has to cover my Pokerstars patch and gets offered a 'Spielbank Berlin' I can cover it with. They dont have a blank patch. Only option is a Spielbank Berlin patch. You would think that was a joke but nope.”

The WSOPE has been a happy-hunting ground for the Dane in the past he lifted the £5k PLO title and bracelet back in London in 2008, raking in £218,626 ($397,617) in the process.

The ‘Berlin rake’ had him fuming this time around though, his English eventually descending to the level of his foul mood as he steamed:

Ohhh yeah and then they pumped up the rake now that the fishes were in town so the decided to rake double up in the small games (30€) of whats normal and then they were beeing nice to the highstakes cashgames where they only raked 50% more than normal.”

Jorgensen finished his rant - and his WSOPE 2015 – without a single cash, which could prove problematic should he find himself thirsty before he leaves Berlin, his final volley at the organisers being:

At least the water was free of charge then … no wait. A bottle of Evian was 10€.”

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Andrew from Edinburgh, Scotland, is a professional journalist, international-titled chess master, and avid poker player.Read more


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