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Poker Players Let Stacks Blind Off In $200K Tournament In Order To Play Baccarat

Two Of The Three Were Eliminated While Away From Table


A $200,000 buy-in poker tournament with a $3.4 million first-place prize apparently wasn’t “high roller” enough for a few players among the starting field of 52.

The $200,000 World Poker Tour event held at the Solaire Resort and Casino in Manilla, which was won by 22-year-old Fedor Holz on Monday, saw three players leave their respective chip stacks unattended in order to play baccarat, according to a WPT live update posted late Sunday.

If it makes it any better, two of the players were sitting with 11 and 9 big blinds, respectively, while the third had 23. Denny Peng (11 bb) and Shi Jie Cai (9 bb) both just let their stacks shrink until they were eliminated, according to the WPT. Yang Kit Chan (23 bb) showed up 45 minutes late and still had some chips left. He didn’t end up making the money.

Half the field was still alive when they opted to gamble in the pit instead.

Players showing up late for tournaments is nothing new, but letting your entire stack blind off when big money is on the horizon is rare. In 2012, a player didn’t show up on the fifth day of the $10,000 WSOP main event because of religious reasons. Jarrett Nash, a young poker player from Texas, let himself blind out in 171st place for a score of $44,655.