WSOP Saves Face And Resolves Payout Error

By Ben Hamill - December 07 2020
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WSOP Saves Face And Resolves Payout Error

A recent high-profile presumably technical glitch very nearly threatened the integrity of the 2020 World Series of Poker $10,000 Main Event. What had started out a $100 rebuy satellite event wasted no time at all devolving into mass confusion caused by an erroneous tournament description.

At the center of it all had been Eric “basebaldy” Baldwin, the eventual winner of the event. Since the actual payout nowhere near matched the expected payout posted in the initial tournament description, it didn’t take very long for Baldwin and several other players to realise that all wasn’t as originally advertised.

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The Backstory

By the time the tournament had gotten underway, a total of 97 entries, 93 rebuys, and 59 add-ons had created a prize pool of $22,659. And since the satellite event fed into a larger online tournament instead of live action on the felt, instead of expenses, those finishing first and second would be awarded a $10,000 WSOP Main Event seat.

The problem, however, was that according to the description of the event on wsop.com, the entire $22,659 prize pool would be played to a single player – the winner. And so, those participating in the event had adapted their strategies accordingly, as if all of the prize money had indeed been promised to the player finishing in 1st place.

WSOP Accused Of “Robbery”

Following their acknowledgement of the erroneous description, the WSOP docked every last penny from Baldwin’s online account – awarding to him a seat in the Dec. 13 Main Event instead.

Needless to say, this infuriated not only Baldwin but also several other high-profile online Poker players. Guys like Jason Koon and Dan Lupo took to Twitter to express their outrage at the WSOP’s handling of the situation not long after the initial tweet by a clearly dissatisfied Baldwin. Confiscating the winnings was an act of robbery, tweeted Koon, and according to Lupo, his main gripe was with the way the WSOP had responded to Baldwin’s complaint, which had been terrible all-round.

Some players even went as far as suggesting the matter be taken up with the Nevada Gaming Control Board.

An Amicable Outcome

Thankfully, the entire debacle was eventually resolved between Baldwin and representatives of the WSOP. Not only did Baldwin get allocated his $10,000 seat in the Main Event, but he was also paid additional compensation by the WSOP in acknowledgement of the error.

He later went on to thank those people truly passionate about the integrity, health, and growth of the game, and adding that in his opinion, several people at the WSOP and at wsop.com shared that passion for Poker.

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