Joseph Stiers, Caesars settle over 2017 WSOP disqualification
The poker pro was kicked out of the 2017 Main Event over a dispute with Caesars
In 2017, Joseph Stiers was enjoying a solid run at the 2017 WSOP Main Event when he was suddenly ejected from the game. He was forced to give up the $10,000 buy-in and lost his stack of 630,000 chips, a sizeable take into Day 3 of the event. He later learned that he was kicked out over an unrelated incident involving Caesars and subsequently sued both the WSOP and Caesars over the incident. He has now found relief after Caesars agreed to make a deal in order to avoid going to trial.
Stiers had been banned from all Caesars properties in 2015 after he was found counting cards at Blackjack. Caesars kept its tabs on him for the next several years, preventing him from participating in any activity on the company’s multiple properties. He decided to enter the 2017 WSOP Main Event under a fake name, Joseph Conostiers, but was busted and kicked out once again, leading to the lawsuit.
Stiers, who is now studying law at the University of Maryland, sought $150,000 in damages. Whether or not that was the amount he received now that Caesars decided to settle wasn’t revealed, but the payment was enough to get him to drop the suit. He explained, “I would have preferred to take this case until the end,” Stiers told US Bets. “But I’m working, in my final year of law school, and this case would have intersected with the timing of the Bar Exam, so I kind of just needed to put it to rest.”
The poker pro, who has $618,002 in live earnings, according to Hendon Mob, still tries to play poker, but knows that he can no longer fool the watchful eye of Caesars security.