Sure, it is a semi-slow news week aside from the 2020 WSOP Online running over at WSOP.com. But it's really been a while since there was a proper fight inside a poker room. If you play enough poker, you'll see a fight. Most of the times, it's just a lot of chest puffing and smack-talking. It's rare to see someone throw down at the tables. But when it happens, all hell breaks loose.
And you thought players at your local card room had a thin skin when it comes to bad beats? That Balkan Poker Tour is either one of the roughest tournaments with badasses or they have lots of snowflakes that can handle bad beats and a little ribbing at the tables. Hey, it's not a real poker tournament unless someone gets hauled off in handcuffs by the cops.
The King's Casino in Rozvadov in the Czech Republic resumed business as usual. It's one of the few casinos on Earth that returned to pre-pandemic activities including cash games and tournaments. The King's Casino in RozVegas hosted a stop on the fun and wild Balkan Poker Circuit.
During a recent tournament, things got out of hand when two players get involved into a pissing match Things quickly escalated and chairs were hurled while innocent players ran for cover. Someone of the rail captured the hectic moment (see below).
Last March, there was a fight at the Talking Stick Casino outside of Phoenix, Arizona.
Sometimes I wonder... I'm surprised there's not more people fighting in poker rooms. Maybe I just have a dour outlook on the world and have low faith in humanity, but I'm shocked that more violence does not take place inside casinos and at poker rooms. Maybe the "eye in the sky" really keeps people in check because they know that they'll be able to start a fight but the fall out from the incident is not worth it in the long run (legal issues both criminal and civil, becoming fodder for half-baked click bait writers, plus getting 86'd and blackballed indefinitely).
I witnessed a fight once at my poker table in Las Vegas, which I chronicled in my book, "Lost Vegas". I played low-stakes hold'em at the Excalibur during the peak of the poker boom roughly 15 years ago. At the time, two guys at the table were being idiots to each other during a packed room around Midnight on a weekend evening. One wise-arse made a disparaging sexual remark about another player's wife. The instigator didn't think the other guy stood up and challenged him to a fight. The wise-arse was totally surprised when he got clocked. The two grappled and their struggle spilled over onto another table, where they didn't see two bodies crash on to their table. Poker chips went flying everywhere while I screamed "Protect your stack!"
Excalibur security eventually broke up the tussle. Las Vegas Metro cops arrested the instigator. The funny thing about the whole thing... I was in a hand and heads-up on the river with the instigator at the time. The cops walked the wise-arse over to our table and made him play out the rest of the hand. I held the nut flush at the time and he still paid me off. If that happened in 2020, there would have been multiple videos of the fight at the Castle.
Too bad there were not any cell phone cameras around when Sam Grizzle and Phil Hellmuth rumbled outside the valet at old Binion's Horseshoe in the 1990s. The cocky and annoying Poker Brat crossed the grizzled Grizzle and apparently it was a quick fight that last one punch. You can guess who won that one.
Anyway, watch the brawling action at the King's Casino. There's so much going on that I had to watch the video at least a dozen times before I could see all the things happening. If other players starting posting videos on social media, we'll definitely share them. So bookmark this link and come back for more coverage of the King's Brawl...