September 21, 2022

Poker player runs with chips after losing all-in

07:45
15 Sep

Lost a huge hand but don’t want to give this man his money? No problem, run away with your tokens! That’s what poker player Andrew “Fez” Walsh is accused of doing after an all-in went against him at the Desert Diamond Casino-West Valley in Glendale, Arizona.

The incredible story was shared on the News, Views and Gossip pages of the 2plus2 forum this week by forumite Sarah Spades, who wrote:

“So this happened the other night at the Desert Diamond Casino-West Valley in Glendale, Arizona in the $2/3 NL game. It was around 2am and the game was maybe 6 at 7.”

Then follows the hand history (HH)…

Seat 4 raises to $15 (it’s about $500 behind)
Seat 6 3-bet $35 (about $800 behind.
Seat 7 flat calls (was about $80 late).
Seat 4 calls.

Flop: 8♣ T♣ 6♦

Seat 4: check
Seat 6: bets $40
Seat 7: goes all-in for its last $45
Seat 4: Move all-in for $400+
Seat 6: Insta calls and shows Kx K♣
Seat 4 shows Q♣ 9♣ of clubs (straight and flush draw)
Seat 7 shows QJ disabled (?)

Rook: 3♣
River: 4♥

Seat 4 wins with a flush. (The poster mixed up the hand story and confused seats 4 and 6 in the original story. Basically, the kings lost!)

“NOW HERE’S THE REAL INTERESTING PART…” Spade writes. “While the dealer counts the stacks in seat 4 for an exact count, seat 6 withdraws their original bet of $40, accumulates ALL of their chips, and walks out the door, bypassing the cage. It all happened so fast that he left before anyone could react. The Tribal Police were called. Reports were taken. The even crazier part is that the thief in Seat 6 is a well-known regular there. Andrew “Fez” Walsh. »

According to the OP, “Casino didn’t pay Seat 4 what it was owed”, and begs the question, “Has anyone ever heard of this in a casino?”

That’s a good question, but of course the thread disintegrated into a free for all of differing opinions:

  • – “Yes, I have seen this many times in LA casinos. Basically the player is banned until he pays back the amount. The police do not intervene,” wrote Narcoleptix.
  • – “The casino cannot compel an individual to transfer his property. The $40 in the pot might be the casinos, but the rest isn’t,” was worth two cents for PointlessWords.
  • – “Chips of $400 or more that the player has not put in the middle are still the property of the player, even if he says all-in. The casino does not have the power to take these chips from them. It sucks but that’s the way it is,” trob888 wrote.

Although the rules vary from casino to casino, state to state and country to country, so far the most correct answer to what will happen if you find yourself in this situation came from the forumite Pooh-Bah.

It would be interesting to hear from other players who have seen or experienced this, so please share your similar stories on our social media!

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