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Black Poker Chips in Las Vegas

by Padraig Parkinson |  Published: Jul 16, '11


I was watching Stuey play one day in the main event when suddenly a homeless guy ran in the side door, grabbed a bunch of black chips off the table and ran out towards Fremont Street. Not the best planned robbery in history as the chips were of the tournament variety. Ten minutes later he’s dragged back in by security guys and taken to the basement. Not a good spot by all accounts.

Mike Sexton and another guy are playing a big ring game close to the rail. There’s quite a few peole looking on. The lads are passing the time between good hands by exchanging golf stories. Eventually one of the spectators politely asks if either of them would be interested in purchasing a brand new set of Ping irons. His story was that his friend had recently bought them but was having a bit of a bad time at the tables in the Golden Nugget and was thus in a position where he needed a little refinancing. He might consider selling his prized clubs for 400 bucks.

Mike’s companion spotted a window of opportunity and jumped right through it. He handed the guy two black chips and told him that if he could get his pal to accept this offer there’d be a little bonus in it for him. The guy took the chips and headed out the door to conduct negotiations. Nobody in their right mind would be foolish enough to part with money in Vegas in these circumstances and the lads at the table had quite a laugh as you can imagine. There followed one of the biggest shocks in poker history when the guy returned half an hour later and handed back the money explaining that his buddy wouldn’t accept any less than three hundred even in his dire situation. The wouldbe purchaser was thrilled and gave the guy the three hundred, delighted with himself. The guy headed off and was never seen again. What a player!

Padraig is currently involved with Jesse May in hosting Irish Pub Poker Tours for medium-sized corporate groups. For info you can contact him on Twitter @padraigpoker.

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