WSOP 2013: How to get coverage: a twenty, or a dealer trying to hide under a table

During a pause in play Ken Shelton explained his sure fire way of getting his results reported by the poker media.

Two years ago the Texan scored nine mega-satellite wins ahead of the main event for which he was rightly proud. But, being non-bracelet events, they garnered scant attention, going completely unnoticed. Shelton thought he'd earned at least a footnote in poker history so set about putting that right, printing out the results from each event and using a paper clip to attach a twenty dollar bill. He then left it on the desk of a live update reporter, who promptly wrote a six paragraph record of how a now happy Shelton's had rattled through one mega-satellite after another.

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Ken Shelton

It was a novel approach, and one that, while perhaps morally ambiguous, could at least sublimate a reporter's meagre drinks budget.

But there was no need for good natured bribery to record the next hand, which turned into a minor fiasco after the dealer fluffed her lines in the middle of a pot.

"Can I crawl under the table now?" said the dealer, let's call her Cassandra. It had been a difficult few minutes for her and she held her head down as if waiting judgement from a court of public opinion, only her accusers seemed more interested in laughing among themselves at the problem now seeking a solution from floor staff buzzing superiors to hurry to the table with a rule book.

It had started when Robert Lipkin raised, getting two callers ahead of a king-four-five flop. Steve Wagner checked before Lipkin raised to 650, forcing out the other player. At which point Cassandra, having mistakenly thought the hand had been heads up, gathered all the cards.

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Steve Wagner

"I had a senior moment," said Cassandra, her head still bowed, oblivious to the player's ambivalence. It was simply one of those things, said Shelton, although since Cassandra had been bugging the players about how to stack their chips and use their telephones some felt there was a dash of poetic justice to it all.

Wagner came up with a solution as tournament staff hurried to find someone senior enough to make a decision that wouldn't contravene any rules. Wagner said he was willing to chop the pot if nobody had any objections. Lipkin agreed and, when the floor staff went through the alternative - a complicated process of reconstructing the hand based on the best guess of the players (nobody could remember the suits on the flop), it was agreed a chop was thought best.

Pretending none of this had happened Cassandra was finally able to lift her head, grateful to be able to deal again. The players had been surprisingly patient for a pause that had lasted longer than ten minutes. And as far as Shelton was concerned, whose best results so far this series was fourth in Event 12 ($50,709); it hadn't cost him a cent to get a little coverage.

Our thanks to him for his help reconstructing this hand.

Stephen Bartley is a PokerStars Blog reporter. Pictures courtesy of Poker Photo Archive.