WSOP has a math problem
A tournament player ends up with a shorter stack after winning a hand
This past Sunday, poker pro Jon Borenstein, as he has done on many Sundays, sat down for a little online poker action on WSOP.com. He was recording the game, which proved to be extremely beneficial this particular afternoon, as it caught something extremely odd. After winning a hand during the tournament, Borenstein found his stack to be shorter than it was before the win.
The game was WSOP.com New Jersey’s $100,000 GTD Sunday [Re-entry] tournament. During the hand in question, everything started fine – one player moved all in with his short stack before Borenstein reraised to try to trap another player. The player folded, but the chips in the pot remained. The main pot held 17,538 and the side pot held 51,610, most of which had belonged to Borenstein.
Borenstein didn’t win the main pot, but managed to pick up the side pot with his A-9. When the payouts were made, though, WSOP.com only gave him 39,956 chips. The roughly 12,000 other chips went to the main pot winner, “XcrazylegsX.”
Borenstein posted about it on Twitter, looking for an answer from WSOP.com. He asked, “Hey @WSOPcom @WSOP anyone there want to explain how I managed to lose chips on this hand w 40 left in your Sunday major????”
WSOP.com was kind enough to respond, but only stated, “This matter is being investigated thoroughly.” It is believed the pot distribution may have been a computer glitch, but it leaves players wondering what other problems the site may have.