Cheating allegations haven’t kept Ali Imsirovic away from the 2022 World Series of Poker, but an unfortunate river card on Thursday night sent him packing in Event #50: $250,000 Super High Roller No-Limit Hold’em.
Imsirovic wasn’t the only accused cheater to compete in the six-figure buy-in tournament. Jake Schindler and Bryn Kenney also came ready to compete for a shot at winning millions of dollars and a gold bracelet.
Mateos Flops the World
In Level 6, at around 11:30 p.m., Imsirovic and Adrian Mateos, the defending champion, tangled in arguably the most memorable pot of the day.
With the blinds at 10,000/20,000, Mateos opened to 45,000 in early position and the alleged poker cheat defended from the big blind. The flop came and the preflop raiser made a continuation bet of 30,000, to which his opponent check-called.
When the appeared on the turn, Imsirovic again checked and then faced a bet of 115,000. This time, a check-raise to 405,000 was made, and then called, and both players watched the arrive on the river.
Imsirovic, who was holding for a full house, used one of his time banks before ripping all in for around 1,800,000. Mateos snapped him off with for an even bigger boat.
The hand gave Mateos the chip lead at the time, and it sent the 2021 GPI Player of the Year home before the end of Day 1. Schindler was also unable to advance to Day 2. Kenney did, but with a small stack.
Imsirovic has been accused by multiple peers in the high roller community, including Chance Kornuth and Alex Foxen, of using forbidden real-time assistance (RTA) tools online and colluding in live high-stakes tournaments. He has yet to publicly address the accusations.
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