Ryan Eriquezzo DQ’d From Parx Event After Calling Dealer a “Fat Mfer”

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In a controversial ruling, World Series of Poker bracelet winner and two-time Circuit ring holder Ryan Eriquezzo (pictured) was disqualified from an event at the Parx Casino in Pennsylvania for losing his temper and allegedly making threats after a particularly bad beat.

The incident went down in a Parx Poker Big Stax $1,600 event when Eriquezzo lost a massive 200 big blind pot after going all in pre-flop with A-A versus his opponent’s Q-Q. Apparently unhappy with the outcome, the American pro reportedly crumpled his cards and threw them, shoved his entire stack across the table, spewed verbal abuse toward his opponent, and called the dealer a “fat mfer,” according to Parx Poker Room Ambassador Matt Glantz.

For the floor supervisor, the insult to the dealer was the last straw and the call was made to disqualify Eriquezzo from the tournament. As he was being ejected, one staff member heard him say that he would “torch this place,” but another claimed that he heard the full statement, in which he added, “on Twitter.”

And that he did. Eriquezzo railed against the casino to his over 2,000 followers, saying, “Think about it… I shelled 11 barrels into one of your events. I would have played here for life. I will never be back.”

He continued, Tweeting, “Never threatened anything at all. Was swearing, bitching, etc. about the beat. The floor is now likely trying to cover his ass.”

In his mind, the punishment was “way out of proportion” and many in the poker community agreed. “DQ’d seems beyond excessive,” said Matt Salsberg on the forums. “At most they should give him two orbits and a Xanax.”

Stealthmunk pointed to Phil Hellmuth‘s (pictured) sometimes-outrageous table manners, saying, “If @phil_hellmuth acted exactly how @RyanEriquezzo did, he wouldn’t get tossed. And that discrimination with lots of $ involved is a joke.”

But while some opposed the ruling, others found Eriquezzo’s behavior reprehensible and defended Parx’s actions.

Pokeraddict had no patience for such behavior and pointed out the fact that while the grinder threw a fit, other players were forced to sit through a delay while the spectacle played out before them. “I support any poker room/TD/series/suit that immediately disqualifies any player that purposely damages cards at a poker table out of anger,” he said. “Anyone that does this does not belong or need to be in a casino environment.”

Others thought that due to Eriquezzo’s experience at the tables, he should be afforded no sympathy. “He’s been around poker for years, knows how his table etiquette should be, he just lost control,” said one P5er. “He totally deserved to be DQ’d. You are supposed to conduct yourself properly at the poker table. He did not, so why should the players and staff have to put up with him?”

In a Two Plus Two thread, Glantz(pictured) chimed in to explain the casino’s reasoning behind the ruling. “While other venues may tolerate that type of behavior, we will not at Parx,” he stated firmly. “I guess we are the exception in the industry that we choose to protect our staff and make sure we maintain an enjoyable environment for all players. I am so very proud of that fact.”

He then highlighted that the incident might make other players think twice before they acted in same way. “I can tell you one thing for sure… It is much less likely you will see a player rip/throw cards/berate staff in a future Parx tournament.”

Eriquezzo has been very successful in tournaments throughout his career, winning over $1.2 million on record, according to the Hendon Mob. His biggest cash came when he took first place in the 2012 WSOP National Championship, pocketing $416,051.

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36 COMMENTS

    • Did the hand not bust him? If he threw his chips how would they have figured that out(who the chips belonged to)? Can’t believe he didn’t man up and say ‘I got what I deserved for being a douche.’

    • What a tool. How can anybody support him and lol @ bitching on twitter and saying he will never play there again. Good!Also lol @ shoving his chips into the table like a little brat that is seven years old.

    • Did the hand not bust him? If he threw his chips how would they have figured that out(who the chips belonged to)? Can’t believe he didn’t man up and say ‘I got what I deserved for being a douche.’

      don’t know how many bb’s he had left but i heard a stack around 80k left.

    • I got one outed in the Omaha 8 there. Was very angry. Pounded the table and then got up and left. Parx didn’t intentionally bad beat me so why would I get mad at them.

    • I actually don’t mind what Parx did. Good job for treating him like any other player.

      Bitching about badbeats is fucking retarded. The idiot got what he deserved.

    • That fella was way out of line imo. Parx was defending their casino, their emplyees, current and future players. I’m glad they made the right call and didn’t”fold”. -.-

    • Must be real stupid to do smth like that. I still see a ton of players blaming dealers for the outcome of the race/not dealing them the aces. its just so stupid that they should not only get DQ but also get a punch iin their faces – maybe then they’d think. Fucking arrogant peace of shits!

    • Controversial ruling?????Forget the supposed threats – Just for him to crumple his cards and throw them, shoved his chips, and verbal abuse he should have gotten tossed. And why call the dealer a “fat mfer” – the poor guy just flipped over the cards – fvcking immature ahole

    • I play at parx a lot so I know the dealers. I’m able to narrow his dealer down to 37 fat mfers.

    • Not defending his childish behavior but I do find the PH comparison interesting. They would of never tossed PH.

    • I was at a Parx NLTH’em 1/2 table and I went all-in against a terrible player who had lost about $2000 before I got there and about $400 while I was. He hit his gutshot on the river and I blurted out “MF”. I immediately apologized and made clear that I was saying it to the ether and targeting no one in particular.It’s one thing to blarf something out impulsively. This was crazy-go-nuts. How many competitive events could you do this at and NOT get booted?

    • Thought you had to be an adult to play in these events . . .

      Screw this idiot. Ban him until he grows up.

    • fyi, stealthmonk was DQ’ed @ foxwoods for similar behaviour about 6 weeks ago, verbal all in with no cards, and crapped on staff, final table DQ, why quote that guy? Addict behaviour

    • 11 rebuys? $17,600 in buy-ins…..had to finish 6th to show profit……

      you should do some research before making dumb statements like this… he rebought 11x in the $300

    • yes the crappy written article did not say which tourny you over rebought into….i could be mistaken….thanks for your corection. but why would i research this? how many rebuys did you have in this event?

    • Not defending his childish behavior but I do find the PH comparison interesting. They would of never tossed PH.

      I thought that was interesting as well. I don’t know if PH has ever destroyed casino property (cards) or insulted a dealers weight though.

    • Yeah Phil helmuth just bitches or berates players for playing terrible. That’s still super dbaggy but doesn’t compare to this IMO. People who blame dealers for outcomes are the biggest clown shoes of all time.

    • The kiddie game is down the street Ryan. Quintessential Douchebaggery. Sounds like somebody is still under the influence of something…

    • Can probably find at least a dozen you tube hellmueth blaming the dealer. He does it all time. Joe hachem as well. Sure, Blaming the dealer is illogical and offensive. the question is is the punishment for this action warranted. Hard to say without being there. Based on the article it seems reasonable, but probably not “fAir” when taken in context of how it would be handled at most casinos

    • not even close. When McEnroe was being a dick to chair umpires and linesmen there was no official governing body controlling the referees, basically a bunch of amateurs. So his behavior actually was a catalyst to improve the overall quality and standards of professional refereeing. Also cant compare tennis and poker in this way, you cant get two outered in a tennis match, the better player will win 99% of the time. This behavior by Ryan is unwarranted, unneeded, and just ridiculous. Maybe if McEnroe took a shit on the court and started a small fire under the umpire chair it could be comparable…

    • No different than when McEnroe got tossed from a few tourneys mid-match for behaviour..

      not even close. When McEnroe was being a dick to chair umpires and linesmen there was no official governing body controlling the referees, basically a bunch of amateurs. So his behavior actually was a catalyst to improve the overall quality and standards of professional refereeing. Also cant compare tennis and poker in this way, you cant get two outered in a tennis match, the better player will win 99% of the time. This behavior by Ryan is unwarranted, unneeded, and just ridiculous. Maybe if McEnroe took a shit on the court and started a small fire under the umpire chair it could be comparable…

    • Telling someone that they play bad, is a much different story then telling the floor/dealer/other players”he’s going to blow torch the place” thats verbal threat. This day and age you cant take that shit lightly. Guy is a fucking baby should get lifetime ban from PARX and some kind of probation at other casinos. Phil Hellmuth as 13 bracelets this dousche luckboxed one tourney. Thats like saying the punter and Tom brady should get same treatment. Although unfair seems like common sense hes gonna be treated differently.

    • Time for Eriquezzoto get a few more anger control lessons. That was obv his first. G job Parx.

    • The kiddie game is down the street Ryan. Quintessential Douchebaggery. Sounds like somebody is still under the influence of something…

      not even close. When McEnroe was being a dick to chair umpires and linesmen there was no official governing body controlling the referees, basically a bunch of amateurs. So his behavior actually was a catalyst to improve the overall quality and standards of professional refereeing. Also cant compare tennis and poker in this way, you cant get two outered in a tennis match, the better player will win 99% of the time. This behavior by Ryan is unwarranted, unneeded, and just ridiculous. Maybe if McEnroe took a shit on the court and started a small fire under the umpire chair it could be comparable…

    • Not defending his childish behavior but I do find the PH comparison interesting. They would of never tossed PH.

      have not played with phil , but i doubt he rips up cards shoves his chips at the table and calls dealers names, phil berates fish etc… and that is bad enough, this tho seems to have crossed a diff line imo, guy kinda seems like a childish baby

    • Ppl get perma banned for less. This guy should consider himself lucky he is ever asked to go back.

      I was at Venetian when a player threw his chips across the table. It was an insanely uncomfortable situation. Had to pause the entire tournament to get stacks on the table right. He got perma banned.

      Anybody who thinks this punishment is excessive is in favor of creating a dangerous precedent that continues to allow these childish actions in tournaments.