The UFC 235 wasn’t the only fights this weekend. Down at Arizona’s Talking Stick Casino, a brawl broke out in the poker room.
It is various angles of the fight uploaded by people on social media platforms. I don't at all know what led up or who was right or wrong. People going on tilt in poker rooms is nothing new but they rarely escalate into violence, but several videos of just that went 'poker viral' this week. At the Talking Sticks Casino in Arizona, one player in a $3/$6 limit game was allegedly drunk and asked to leave the table, but he did not go quietly (NSFW language). Two Plus Two Poker Forums Live Poker Casino & Cardroom Poker: HORRIBLE floor decision Talking Stick - table talk ruled binding.
On Sunday, poker pro and World Series of Poker bracelet winner Justin Pechie tweeted two videos capturing the melee. In the first, a man is loudly making a scene saying “I played my money just like y’all” while suggesting he was being kicked out. Someone off camera calls for security, and toward the end of the video it does appear the man, a rack of chips in hand, is being escorted out by security.
That is when things get interesting as another unknown player rushes the man and puts him in a headlock.
Wild times at Talking Stick Part 1 https://t.co/tE0N7QOz1c
Talking Stick Casino Poker Room Fight Games— Justin Pechie (@looshle)
In the second video, the man’s rack of chips go flying as the brawl goes to the ground. Eventually, security as well as what appears to be onlookers and other poker room staff are able to separate the two men.
Part 2 https://t.co/K78uamWGCu— Justin Pechie (@looshle)
Pechie elaborated as best he could in the thread: “I missed the first 2 minutes of his rant, same stuff walking around yelling F all the dealers in here so he wasn’t leaving peacefully but didn’t deserve to be assaulted.”
According to social media chatter, the man was apparently playing at a $4/$8 limit hold’em game and became incensed with the dealers after missing a blind. Not much else is known about the situation or what inspired it, but it didn’t stop poker fans from weighing in.
“Been playing here for years,” tweeted @slip_is_dead.” “Seen belligerence but never like this. 160 dollars of white chips just hit the floor from a 3/6 limit game. ***Talking Stick has the best Poker room in AZ.”
Mario Arias Jr. (@Marxmon186) added his two cents: “Ok. Add this to the list of places NEVER to play. What a joke. You manage it so poorly that a player feels the need to take matters into his own hands? So much awful behavior and judgement all around.”
Rob Wine (@therealrobwine) offered some info: “Salt River Police are the next building down from casino. Talking Stick security doesn't do shit cuz they don't need to...cops will be there in 30 seconds.”
It was a serious situation, but some were able to find humor in it.
“This is why a lot of casinos quit spreading razz,” tweeted Jim Geary (@walterzuey).
Another angle of the Talking Stick fight after the guy gets attacked. The attacker took a clean one to the face whi… https://t.co/UTyHgxnfDW
Talking Stick Casino Poker Room Fight Game— Joey BLuffett ✌? (@Joeingram1)
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There was a ton of action last weekend in Arizona and Las Vegas poker rooms. Just not action in the traditional sense of betting.
Last weekend, a pair of brawls broke out in poker rooms at The Orleans Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas and Talking Stick Resort and Casino in Scottsdale.
Justin Pechie, a World Series of Poker bracelet winner, caught the fight at Talking Stick on film before posting it to Twitter. According to social media chatter about the post, the fight happened after a man was being kicked out of the poker room after playing $4-$8 limit hold’em.
Wild times at Talking Stick Part 1 pic.twitter.com/tE0N7QOz1c
— Justin Pechie (@looshle) March 3, 2019
The man wouldn’t leave the room quietly and was attacked by another player from behind. Chips went everywhere and chaos ensued.
Part 2 pic.twitter.com/K78uamWGCu
— Justin Pechie (@looshle) March 3, 2019
The footage captured at The Orleans wasn’t nearly as graphic, but it eventually showed the aftermath of the fight that took place just west of the Las Vegas Strip.
A Reddit user uploaded a video showing a player being kicked out of the Orleans poker room. He is clearly still yelling at staff and players as he is leaving, but there are no punches thrown in the video. According to the Reddit poster, the man yelling at staff in the video is not the perpetrator of the assault. That person walked out of the room immediately after the assault, which is what caused the patron to start yelling.
One commenter on the video said that the man unconscious was knocked out after insulting another man’s daughter.
Towards the end of the video, you can see staff attending to a man who appears to be unconscious underneath a poker table.
Warning: This video contains graphic language.
Guy freaks out after perpetrator walks out of the Orleans poker room after an assault on another poker player. from r/poker