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Ryan Eriquezzo Says He Got Disqualified From A Poker Tournament After 'Crumbling The Cards'

Poker Pro Furious After Being Booted From Tournament

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World Series of Poker bracelet winner Ryan Eriquezzo was playing in a tournament at Parx Casino near Philadelphia on Saturday when his chips were removed from the table.

The poker pro was disqualified from the event during the first day of action for some kind of misconduct on or around the felt. Eriquezzo said it was simply because he “crumbled” the cards after suffering the loss of a large pot with aces versus queens.

Unsurprisingly, Eriquezzo felt the ruling was ridiculous, and took to Twitter to talk about it. Many other poker players chimed in. One of those was Matt Glantz, who works as the ambassador for the poker room (but wasn’t involved with the decision), and he said that he was told Eriquezzo also did other inappropriate things, such as berating the dealers and the floor staff. It was also alleged that Eriquezzo was so upset that he said he would “blow torch the place.”

Additionally, it was alleged that the final incident wasn’t his first flareup that day.

Eriquezzo has denied blowing up until after he was DQ’ed and that he never threatened anyone. He also maintains that he never said or wrote that he would set fire to the poker room.

While it’s very unclear what transpired, and what the sequence of alleged events was (in particular, whether certain things were said before or after the disqualification occurred), the incident was still being discussed on social media as of Monday morning.

Below is a look at just a handful of the dozens of Tweets surrounding the incident. For a full look at the heated discussion, check out Eriquezzo’s Twitter account.

 
 
 
 

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TheFly
over 6 years ago

DQ is fine by me. But also a couple orbit penalty would've seemed appropriate as well.

However, I think this is one behavior that needs to be nipped in the bud. Last thing I want is having to wait for a fn setup to arrive and then shuffling the new setup every time someone catches a bad beat.

 
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Henny
over 6 years ago

Adderall is a hell of a drug.

 
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odabot
over 6 years ago

sounds like the right punishment for crumbling cards. dont need poor sports in tourneys or in card rooms. bad beats part of the game.

 
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MahmootChang
over 6 years ago

IIRC, Marc Sherman not only wasn't penalized, he was actually awarded the pot, after crunching his cards.

 
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x19
over 6 years ago

anybody who commits multiple acts of douche baggery deserves to be reckoned with.....he deserved his DQ regardless of how many entries he made and his pathetic threat to "never come back" is probably exactly what everyone wants anyway.....the guy is a first class douche and his whining just perpetuates that fact.

 
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youngifted1
over 6 years ago

You come to my house, and crumble my cards, you get your ass whooped! Crumbling cards in a poker tournament is unacceptable for multiple reasons. 1. Altering cards is cheating 2. Intentionally damaging property that is not yours is against the law 3. Delaying a game due to your inability to control your emotions is just bad for poker.

 
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