WSOP close mystery poker chip investigation

After an investigation by the Nevada Gaming Commission and Harrah’s Entertainment, the 2.5 million extra chips that found their way onto the tables of the latter stages of the World Series of Poker 2006 Main Event will remain a mystery.

8,773 players were in the tournament at a $10,000 buy-in, equating to 87.73 million chips. However, at the final count, 90.14 million were counted.

The investigation failed to determine the exact reason how the discrepancy occurred, only surmising that it must have been down to an unintentional mistake.

"There were extra chips that had been introduced into the tournament, inadvertently apparently," said Jerry Markling, chief of enforcement for the gaming commission,

"We looked at several angles to determine whether or not there was any criminal involvement, and we could not substantiate that there was any. We made some recommendations to Harrah's concerning ways to avoid that occurring in the future, and we closed the investigation."

Markling also commented that the mark-up would not have influenced the result of the tournament, won by Jamie Gold.

This year’s main event begins July 6.

Editor, Jackpot.co.uk - 2007-05-10 11:26:34




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