"Marked Cards" At One Drop Final Table Explained

Those of you who were following along with the action at this week's WSOP $111,111 High Roller for One Drop will have noticed a break in the action while some irregularities with the cards being used were looked into after players voiced concerns that the deck may be "marked". It would appear, thankfully, that those concerns were quickly and satisfactorily addressed.

Players at the final table, notably Doug "WCGRider" Polk and Haralabos Voulgaris, raised their concerns on twitter while play was paused to investigate the situation:

It turned out, however, that the markings on the cards were in fact caused by the automatic shuffler which hadn't been calibrated correctly for the unusual RFID cards which were used for the final table. As Seth Palansky, VP of corporate communications for Caesars Interactive Entertainment told Cardschat;

“There’s no validity. The cards had scuffs caused by an improper calibration of the automatic shuffler. They were set to our normal playing cards but we were using special RFID cards for the feature table. It was an honest oversight at the beginning of the series. The pattern would have been similar on the cards because of the wrong calibration causing scuffs in nearly the same location after each shuffle. As soon as the issue was brought to our attention, the tournament was paused. We replaced the cards after reviewing the matter and replaced the card shuffler, and the issue stopped.”

Whatever the issue with the cards, they couldn't stop Doug Polk walking away with his third bracelet and the $3.7m prize money for winning the One Drop tournament.


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