Joker Card on the Flop During a $1M Gtd. Poker Tournament?

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The 2022 PokerNews Cup at Golden Nugget has been a rousing success, easily surpassing the $1 million guarantee, and there's one hand that will probably be talked about for quite some time.

During Monday's Day 2 session in the $1,100 buy-in no-limit hold'em tournament, an odd flop appeared at one of the tables on the very first hand. The flop came out 2, 9, and Joker. Yes, a Joker was somehow left in the deck, and one player seated at another table captured the hand on video, which was then posted on the PokerNews YouTube channel.

The game isn't Joker's Wild, so the players weren't permitted to use the Joker card as a wild card. Right after the flop was dealt, the floor manager was called over to the table, and he ruled the hand dead. All action during the hand was null and void, and the chips in the pot were returned to players as if nothing happened, and then a new hand from a deck that didn't have a Joker card was dealt.

Not the First Time

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Incidents like this happen from time to time. In 2015, during a high stakes cash game on Poker Central (now PokerGO), Doug Polk and Dan Colman saw one of the goofiest flops ever.

With $6,400 in the pot, the flop came AQQ. No, that isn't a typo. As soon as the players in the game noticed the mixup, the hand was ruled dead and chips returned to the players.

Following Day 2 in the PokerNews Cup, only nine players out of 1,245 remain. The final table on Tuesday will be livestreamed on the PokerNews YouTube channel, along with live updates right here at beginning at 2 p.m. PT.

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