On March 29, 2007, officials announced that they will not be imposing any punishment on the 2006 World Series of Poker Main Event Champion Jamie Gold after it was announced that he had broken 2 rules in his WSOP victory last year.
Gold admitted that he showed a hole card to his rival and also announced to his other rivals at the table that he is currently holding a top pair and a top kicker after they put down their wager. Both of Gold's actions are against the tournament rules, yet both actions went unnoticed by WSOP tournament officials.
Gold would have been penalized by sitting out 10 minutes of poker play. Gold attributed his mistakes due to his immense excitement over joining his first ever World Series of Poker event.
That reason satisfied WSOP officials who also took some of the blame after reviewing the videos of the matches. They judged that Gold was not intentionally trying to cheat.
Jeffrey Pollack, Commissioner of the World Series of Poker, said that they are satisfied with Jamie Gold's apology. He also admitted that the officials did not see it themselves so they were also at fault in this situation. Thus, the ultimate judgment was that Gold broke the rules unintentionally.
They welcome Jamie Gold's participation in the World Series of Poker in 2007, which will be held at the Rio All -Suite Hotel and Casino from June 1st to July 17th, 2007.
April 10, 2007