Chan Pelton Stripped of Title, Banned from Properties for WSOP Circuit Chip Theft
Last week, three-time gold ring winner Chan Pelton
, who topped a field of 181 in Event #9: $1,125 No-Limit Hold’em
to win his third ring and $47,061 in prize money, was caught attempting to remove a T25,000 chip
from play at the World Series of Poker Circuit Palm Beach Kennel Club
. The action has cost him dearly as he has now been stripped of the title, disqualified from the WSOP National Championship
, banned from all Caesars properties, and will receive no prize money.
The punishments were handed down by both the PBKC and WSOP after the former entity completed their investigation.
“An act of theft of poker room property — the removal of a poker chip off the poker table – by one of the two remaining players in the event – was confirmed by video surveillance and by the perpetrator in question, who later returned the stolen chip,” the PBKC said in a statement (http://forumserver.twoplustwo.com/showpost.php?p=42318124&postcount=285). “PBKC’s review confirms that the integrity of the event was in no way compromised, and the impact of the incident only caused harm to the perpetrator himself.”
The removal of the chip is a violation of WSOP Tournament Rule 39, Section A, Part ii, and the PBKC has stated that Pelton’s intent was not considered in their investigation. Pelton claimed he only wanted it for a souvenir, though many posters in a dedicated TwoPlusTwo
thread (http://forumserver.twoplustwo.com/29/news-views-gossip/palm-beach-wsopc-25k-chip-stolen-ft-1417101/index7.html) believe his real intention was to use it in the $1,675 Main Event.
In accordance with Tournament Rule 39, Section D, Pelton was disqualified from the event and the title and first-place prize money, which had been frozen by the casino, was awarded to the original runner-up, Chris Bolek
, who seemed pleased to be awarded the victory.
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