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   Tuesday, June 25 2024 
WPT Championship : Scandals as a result of Ali Tekintamgac’s presence

If the first day of the World Poker Tour World Championship (WPT) went smoothly, the second day knew a major incident due to the presence of Ali Tekintamgac in the poker room. Although this player was disqualified for cheating during the Main Event of the Partouche Poker Tour and he has to attend a court hearing next June, no decision has been made prohibiting him from participating in tournaments. However, those who participated in the WPT Championship did not appreciate seeing him there and showed their displeasure to compete against a cheater. They also expressed their incomprehension of the decision made by the tournament directors. In addition to the tension around the gaming tables, Bellagio was criticized by many professional poker players like Vanessa Selbst and Daniel Negreanu on Twitter.

Notre that Tekintagmac could participate in the WPT Championship thanks to his victory during the WPT Spanish Championship. According to participants in the Day 2, Tekintagmac threatened to beat Scott Seiver at the end of the competition, which worsens the situation. Despite this scandal, Ali Tekintagmac were qualified for the Day 3 and a priori, the atmosphere would be tense during this day. Concerning the tournament, due to late registration for the Day2, the number of participants for the WPT Championship increased a lot with 220 players including stars like Doyle Brunson, Phil Hellmuth or Tony G. At the end of the Day 2, Abe Mosseri was the chipleader with 685,000 chips in hands. Alen Sternberg and Steven Kelly followed him tightly. With $5,309,500 of prizepool, the champion of this tournament will earn $1,618,344 if the runner up would go back with $1,061,900.

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