Alleged Cheating in WSOP $10K Heads-Up Event Still Under Investigation


Allegations against Valeriu Coca (pictured) for cheating in the $10,000 Heads-Up event at the World Series of Poker were lodged last month. However, six weeks later, no resolution has been reached, according to WSOP officials. Coca has not been found to have committed any wrongdoing.

Seth Palansky, WSOP Vice President for Corporate Communications, told PocketFives on Friday, “The regulators have updated us on their progress. They have made significant progress on the case, but are still awaiting results from the forensics lab used in the city to process all evidence. We aren’t sure where the playing cards sit in the cue, but until those results are back, this case will remain open and under active investigation.”

Opponents charged that Coca used invisible ink to mark cards and then wore special sunglasses that allowed him to see his handy work. He called the allegations a “fantasy” and added, “The players who lost are very good, so they just don’t believe they could lose to me for an honest reason… I have no way of marking cards or any other tricks… This is not gentlemanly, to lose and cry foul. They are not gentlemen.”

He received his $54,000 prize for cashing in the tournament. Palansky told us when word first broke about the allegations that “preliminary testing of the card showed no markings or use of any foreign solution. Further tests will be done to confirm initial.”

Connor blanconegroDrinan, Pratyush Buddiga, Matt Marafioti, and Aaron Mermelstein led the charge against Coca, who reportedly has come under fire in Czech casinos for marking cards.

Byron Kaverman, who played Coca heads-up in the WSOP event, said “he was 100% sure the guy was trying to cheat and was watching the cards very closely as the dealer dealt off the deck,” according to Drinan.

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    • I got amazingly good at the WSOP this year at telling which cards were which just by looking at them before people picked them up. It didn’t help my results, because I was asking for deck changes sometimes twice per down. Total tilt.

      What is more absurd is that they continued to use the old cards in the cash game pit after getting slightly better cards mid way through the series. These cards had off-center printing problems as well, but curled up less. They still curled, but it took longer. Marking them also would have been trivial with the same poor design. All the white space on the obverse side made for a festival of boxed cards as well.

      I’m not sure if this guy was even marking cards at this point. He could have just memorized the curls. I wasn’t there, I didn’t play against him, but I am sure he knew something if the players complaining all thought the same thing. We should learn our lesson from Bill Cosby and get busy with the crucifixion sooner.

    • Matt Marafioti?

      For the love of christ let us not have to see or hear him, about anything

      hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha this^