Just a few weeks back, Borgata Poker Open was the centre of attention in a fake chips scandal, making many live poker players question the security efforts from the organizers. Now a new scandal has seen the surface, this time at a WSOP Circuit in Palms Beach Florida, where the winner of one of the side-events tried to steal a 25K chip from the final table, allegedly as a souvenir.
"Hussainsajwani" from the online forum TwoPlusTwo was the first to post about the new scandal saying:
"At the kennel club in palm beach Florida for the wsopc and main 1a going on. Turns out the final table if the 1,125 ring event ended a few hours ago and the winner tried to take a 25k chip from the FT and assuming he was going to use it for the main of give it to someone. When caught he claimed he wanted a souvenir. However heard kid has three rings. This was his third. Won second last week and funds have been frozen. Pending gaming commission."
WSOP also confirms that the story is true, posting what happened on their own WSOP blog. The blog said:
"Yesterday, after Event 9, the $1,125 No Limit Hold’em event concluded, tournament staff discovered a player had removed chips from the chip set being used in the event."
"Until this investigation is wrapped, we will be unable to finalize Casino Champion standings for the Palm Beach Kennel Club stop, as this event has bearing on the final points standings in the race. We will announce the Casino Champion winner once we have a resolution, but it will likely be determined after the action wraps here in Palm Beach on Monday."
Players started to talk about who the potential player could be on Twitter and found out that it is Chan Pelton who is the chip stealer. Pelton's winnings from the tournament are now frozen until all pending investigations has ended.