WSOP Will Overlook Gold’s Infractions – Gambling Casino Reviews

The world of poker was turned upside down this week when an interview with 2006 World Series of Poker champion, Jamie Gold, appeared in the New York Times. During the course of the interview, Gold admitted to reporters that he violated the poker rules twice during the WSOP main event. With the 2007 World Series of Poker around the corner, many have eagerly awaited the official response from tournament organizers, who seem to be willing to look the other way in Gold’s case.During the interview with the New York Times, the poker champion admitted that he broke two separate rules during the game. During one incident, Gold stated that he exposed he hole card to another player. During the other, he told an opponent that he had top pair with top kicker, after the opponent had placed a bet.Both of these items are acceptable during cash games, also referred to as ring games. However, they are a clear violation of the rules of the World Series of Poker. Had officials at the WSOP witnessed these actions, Gold would have incurred a penalty that would have required him to sit out during 10 minutes of play, for each incident. Had this happened, another player could very well be the 2006 WSOP Champion instead of Jamie Gold.After the story was published in the New York Times, an official investigation was launched by the World Series of Poker. The investigation included reviewing hours of video tape from the 2006 WSOP Main Event, as well as lengthy interviews with Jamie Gold. During the interviews with the WSOP, Gold was quite candid and forthcoming about the rules he had broken.”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.Pollack went on to say that, “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.”Gold had chalked the infractions up to simply being excited and overanxious about participating in his first WSOP main event. Being appreciative of Gold’s honesty on the topic, the WSOP has ruled that no action is required in his case. Officials are cautious, however, not to present this as saying that it is OK for the incidents to be repeated in future events.”I do want to stress, however, that we do not condone any violations of the rules and will make every effort to enforce them in every WSOP event,” Pollack said.The 2007 World Series of Poker main event will be sponsored by Milwaukee’s Best Light. The event will begin June 1 at the Rio Hotel Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Additional information can be found on the tournament’s web site at worldseriesofpoker.com