Poker champ won’t face penalty

The World Series of Poker (WSOP) has announced they will not punish WSOP 2006 Champion Jamie Gold after it was revealed he broke two rules on his way to victory last year.

In an interview with The New York Times, Gold admitted that he had shown a hole in a card to an opponent and also told another opponent that he had top pair and top kicker in a hand after the opponent had bet. Both actions contravene the tournaments rules.

However, the incidents went unnoticed by tournament officials. If caught, Gold would have been subject to sitting out play for 10 minutes.

Gold put down his mistakes to "exuberance and excitement at participating in his first-ever WSOP Main Event" when asked to explain his actions to WSOP officials. That justification satisfied the WSOP officials, who also admitted their share of the blame in the incidents after reviewing video footage and determining that Gold was not deliberately attempting to cheat.

"Not only were we impressed with Jamie's candor and contrition, but we also recognized that tournament officials didn't witness the incidents or take appropriate action at the time of the rules infractions," said Jeffrey Pollack, commissioner of the World Series of Poker.

"We share culpability in this case and are satisfied that the actions in question were inadvertent mistakes. We look forward to Jamie's participation in the 2007 WSOP.”

The 2007 World Series of Poker, held at the Rio All-suite Hotel and Casino, will begin on June 1 and run through to July 17.

Editor, - 2007-03-29 12:02:23

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