Pari-Mutuel Wagering’s Florida Division has found that there were really some serious abnormalities at an August poker event at the Hialeah Park. After some of the poker players sounded off that the prize pool was really short, game regulators interfered to probe and found eleven violations.
A local newspaper reported that this incident was the very first major card-room abnormality since the game of poker became legal in Sunshine State twenty years ago. Florida has around thirty poker rooms. The report from the state, dated 29th December, suggested that the event staff allowed poker players get into the event without paying anything for a buy-in.
The event attracted around one-thousand players, but no official number was unveiled. The US$ 250 buy-in had a US$ 200000 guarantee. According to one player in the event, tournament staff actually stated that there were 1061 entries, but then later it was revealed that the number actually was 961.
Along with this, Hialeah poker staff put few players at particular seats rather than randomly deciding their table draw, said the report. Nelson Costa, who was the poker room manager, has left the place since then. He had the event money in his office, instead of the cage, the state said. The report also stated that the surveillance video did not really cover parts of the poker room. In fact, the video was not preserved.
It was alleged that the poker room was never keeping records of its events for the required 3 years. The 6-day August event never had its results unveiled.