April 2, 2019 Poker Gossip, Poker News Petr Černý

Catherine “catrific” Valdes kicked out of WSOPC Circuit Event!

TwitchTV poker streamer Catherine “catrific” Valdes found herself in the middle of an unfortunate situation this week, the YouTube star being DQ’ed from the WSOP Circuit Main Event in Las Vegas…

Why was Cat Valdes disqualified? Allen ‘Chainsaw’ Kessler provided the initial information by way of an ‘anonymous question’ on his Twitter page…

…and Catherine Valdes herself decided to make a YouTube video describing in detail what occurred at Bally’s Casino. She claimed it was a genuine error and she didn’t know what to do once she realised she was playing the $1100 ME instead of her intended $400 buy-in tournament.

Of course, it’s not the first time someone has royally screwed up, as we’ll see a little later, but opinion was divided over just how much Catherine Valdes was to blame for the situation.

Friends, pros, her Thirst Lounge boss Bill Perkins, poker journalists and numerous ‘Twitter randoms’ all weighed in, and with varying degrees of sympathy for her error.

Naturally, with so much money involved in the poker world, the possibility of Valdes deliberately angleshooting – in effect ‘freerolling’ the big buy-in Main Event – was thrown out there several times. Such behavior isn’t entirely unheard of.

One famous case back in 2015 saw a player pay $125 for his nightly Aria tournament, only to find himself in the $25,000 buy-in High Roller by mistake.

Cat Valdes kicked out of WSOPC Main Event in Las Vegas

The unnamed reg, dubbed ’Curly’, bust Jake Schindler, Tom Marchese and Jason Mercier, building up a big stack before the error saw him unceremoniously ousted from the event. Justin Bonomo described what happened…

“Seven hours into this $25k tourney and a player was just escorted out. He paid for the $125 tourney, got the wrong ticket, and kept quiet. The player had a lot of chips when he was disqualified. Chips removed from play after a few orbits of blinding down.”

Quite what the tournament director should then do in such a situation is highly unclear – the busted players and disrupted chipstacks creating a secondary problem.

Matt Savage is more experienced than most as a TD and seems to feel that the best approach is to leave things the way they are once the offender has been booted.

Catherine Valdes responds on YouTube

For Catherine Valdes it is hopefully a salutary lesson that the poker world isn’t always a cuddly place to be, and that owning up to your (and in this case also others’) mistakes immediately is the best way to steer clear of serious problems. That’s something she seems to have done with a short follow-up video…

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