The usual sounds of chip shuffling and conversation came to an abrupt halt moments ago in the Brasilia room.
A verbal spat between Tony Bracy and Lazaro Hernandez erupted into a screaming match that took a turn for the worst when racial slurs were hurled towards Bracy.
According to the table, Hernandez was on the button during a four-way hand in progress and texting on his phone. It had happened several times and Bracy asked the dealer to take control of the table. That sparked Hernandez to leap out of his chair and proceed to berate Bracy.
Bracy wasn't exactly innocent in the fight, defending himself with some insults of his own directed towards Hernandez, but not nearly as harsh.
The floor and security immediately intervened and both players were escorted from the table.
Bracy received a one-round penalty and Hernandez has been issued a three-round penalty. Hernandez has also been given a disqualification notice if he makes any more comments at the table.
We originally had incorrectly identified the person involved in this hand as being John Esposito. We sincerely apologize for this mistake and want to emphasize that bracelet winner Esposito was in no way involved in the above-described scene.