On the first day of the 250k High Roller he secured 1,740,000 chips, slightly more than the starting stack of 1.5 million, but Jason Koon will not be present on the second day of the most expensive tournament of this edition of the World Series Of Poker.
The American pro, who won his first WSOP bracelet in 2021 just days after giving birth to his first child, ran away from his wife, who will soon father a second child.
Perfect timing: Today, June 18th, is Father’s Day in the United States!
The WSOP Statement
World Series organizers explained the dynamics of Koon’s registration to PokerNews:
“Before late registration for Event 40 ended and he had more chips than the starting stack, Jason Koon requested approval and reimbursement to drive his wife who was in labor to the hospital. The request was accepted. Granting a refund before the end of registration is at the discretion of the Tournament Director and is standard practice at the WSOP. Happy Father’s Day to Jason Koon and all the dads on the WSOP team.”
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To be honest, we’re not aware of any cases similar to Koons’ at the WSOP, but if the organization has reported this, we can only trust them.
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Surely the participants of the tournament already agreed two years ago at the 250k buy-in High Roller that those players who test positive for COVID-19 after registering can get a refund of the buy-in.
In this edition, the bracelet then went to Adrian Mateos, who prevailed in the last direct duel against Ben Heath.
Apparently Koon himself was surprised by his wife’s labour. The American had already stated that he would not be taking part in the WSOP Main Event for his upcoming birthday. His main event of this 2023 World Series would have been the 250k High Roller, which he had to withdraw from.
“This year is special for me because I won’t be playing the WSOP Main Event, so it’s bittersweet. My wife and I are expecting our second child in a few weeks. So I’m going to shut everything down, go home, cheer on my friends and hope they win some bracelets this summer.
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