Qui Nguyen’s Main Event overshadowed by accusations
Qui Nguyen’s Main Event win has been overshadowed by accusations of reneging on a deal with fellow pro Andy Philachack.
According to a post on Facebook Philachack gave Qui Nguyen $2,500 for 50% of a potential WSOP Main Event seat back in 2011.
Philachack, who has won over $2m in prize money during his poker career (some believed to be from online pokies) subsequently rang Nguyen only for him to find out that he wasn’t playing and that he was keeping the money.
Various pros on Twitter have come out in support of Philachack, with some saying that they would back him up and that they believed the story.
Others say that the story is untrue or misses out some key details, or that for some reason or another Philachack deserves no sympathy for the way he handled the situation over five years ago.
Others speculate that he is only taking advantage of Nguyen’s recent windfall in order to try and recoup some of the money.
Philachack himself took to Twitter, explaining that he only shared the story because “he wanted people to know what kind of person he is,” adding “It’s not about the money, it’s about the principle.”
Early on Wednesday morning in Las Vegas, Qui Nguyen beat Gordon Vayo after a mammoth heads-up match to become the 2016 World Series of Poker main event champion. He took home over $8m in prize money as well as the coveted bracelet.
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