The final table of a Japanese poker tournament was literally thrown into chaos when an enraged man attempted to flip the table, with chips and cards going everywhere – the incredible incident caught on the event’s livestream…
Nine players had just started the final table of the Japan Gold Dragon tournament in Osaka, when the shocking incident occurred.
The man in the orange Balenciaga hoodie – apparently not a player, although details are sketchy on his connection to the event – walks over and attempts to upturn the table.
He doesn’t quite manage to flip it completely, but cans of red Bull can be seen flying across the felt, with chips scattered everywhere including the floor.
One leg of the table appears to be completely broken in the attack, and while a player holds it up, the disgruntled attacker returns to further berate a tournament official who can be seen picking up chips.
Quite what caused the violent reaction of the hoodie-wearing gatecrasher is unknown. Social media guesses ranged from a disgruntled player to someone with a personal grudge against the tournament organiser.
Police were apparently called, but the organisers of the Japan Gold Dragon event have refused to comment on the incident.
It’s far from the first time such things have happened at a poker event, perhaps the most notorious recent example occurring at Leon Tsoukernik’s Kings Casino in July 2020.
The Balkans Poker Circuit was in full swing at the famous Rozvadov resort when a massive brawl broke out, all hell breaking loose as tables, chairs, chips and players went flying.
Unlike the Japanese incident this week, the King’s Casino incident saw one player seriously injured, an eyewitness claiming: “I was sitting at the next table one meter away. As if out of nowhere, very suddenly within 2 seconds a player got up and hit his fist on another players head five times or more.
They added: “I have never seen something like this. Very aggressive. The blood is spattered all over the table. The victim fell over and the offender continued to hit him. The victim had a hole in his head.”
A few months later, it was the Aria in Las Vegas that witnessed a brawl that knocked a poker table’s plexiglass coronavirus separators for six, as a player and dealer threw hands…
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