WSOP.com in Main Event Satellite Controversy

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WSOP.com in Main Event Satellite Controversy
10:07
04 Dec

WSOP.com have come under serious fire from the poker community after messing up a Main Event satellite payout and then taking money from Eric Baldwin’s account and replacing it with a tournament ticket!

Baldwin was one of 97 players taking part in a $100 satellite on the Nevada and New Jersey-licensed and regulated site, which should have had a seat, or seats, to the WSOP.com version of the Main Event up for grabs.

When the prizepool was announced, however, it was a winner-takes-all battle for $22,659, which Baldwin secured with a heads-up win.

However, WSOP.com then realised they had messed up big time, but instead of making things right to the players involved or affected by their huge mistake, they simply raided Baldwin’s account.

Taking back the full $22,659 and replacing it with a $10k ME ticket didn’t go down well at all with other pros, players and poker fans…


Well-known players were quick to point out why WSOP.com are in the wrong and what needed to be done, with ‘jsmith84poker’ tweeting:

“Only thing to do here is pay 2nd the seat and WSOP eats the difference letting you keep what you won for 1st. They screwed it up, the tournament played out differently because of their screw up, it's absolutely not anyone's fault but theirs. But I doubt they take responsibility.”

Jeremy Ausmus’ take was similar:

“Players play based on the posted prizepool and payouts. To alter those after the tournament is over doesn’t seem right at all.”

Shannon Shorr added:

“Would second this. What is a player to do if not make his or her decision based on posted payouts? The fact that someone fell asleep at wheel @WSOPcom is something they'll have to deal with. @Basebaldy must be paid in full.”

WSOP.com have yet to comment on the controversy.


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