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David Diaz Back at WSOP After 1-Year Ban

Poker pro David Diaz is back and competing at the 45th annual WSOP at the Rio following a one-year suspension issued last year over an incident that involved the consumption of too much alcohol during nighttime revelry at a Caesars nightclub.

Upon his WSOP return this year, Diaz finished in 48th place for $7,938 at Event #15, Six-Handed $3,000 No Limit Hold’em. That marks his first cash at a WSOP event since last summer when he cashed twice for more than $22,000 combined before a night of drinking led to unruly behavior and a suspension.

Because I was so drunk and harassing ppl at carnival court the other night but I don’t remember any of this,” Diaz tweeted last year following the incident.

At the time of the banishment, fellow players began a “Free Lefty” campaign in an effort to persuade Caesars to reconsider Diaz’ punishment. The “Lefty” nickname stems from the fact that Diaz lost his right arm to cancer as a youth.

Caesars stood firm on the suspension. Diaz recently told that the incident caused him “to go back home and check out what my values were.”

In 2011, Diaz won a WSOP title in $1,500 No Limit Hold’em – Triple Chance, nailing the prize money of $352,808. That remains the largest payday of his career. He followed that up two months later with another big win at the Gold Strike World Poker Open in Tunica in the $3,125 No Limit Hold’em Main Event for $139,182, the Hendon Mob database reported.

Diaz’ in-the-money finish this year was in the same event that he was not allowed to continue playing last year due to his drunken behavior the night before and the one-year penalty.

They came and got me and kicked me out of the tournament,” Diaz said, recalling last year’s debacle. “I was like top 10 in chips with around 100 people left. So, yeah, I ended up missing out on a lot of money in that event. They disqualified me and gave me back $3,500.”



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Charles Rettmuller

Charles has been an avid poker player for a number of years, both live and online. He holds a degree in journalism and previously worked as a reporter for a Chicago-based newspaper. Charles joined the PokerUpdate team in early 2012 and writes daily news articles for the site.