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WSOP Bans Pro Player David Diaz

A gold bracelet winner in 2011, pro player David Diaz has been prohibited from entering any more WSOP events at the Rio in Las Vegas this summer due to inappropriate behavior.

Explaining his banishment from competing via Twitter, Diaz apparently became highly inebriated and committed any number of offensive acts that he seemingly cannot recall.

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

Diaz also repeatedly apologized for his drunken behavior and asked that Rio officials reconsider the banishment, expressing severe disappointment at not being able to participate in this year’s Main Event, among other tournaments.

The Tennessee pro received considerable support from several players who also took to Twitter to vouch for his character. Whether WSOP officials will change their minds remains to be seen. It is believed that Diaz is only suspended from this summer’s tournaments and will be allowed to play at WSOP events in the future.

Diaz has cashed twice so far at the Rio this summer, according to the Hendon Mob database. He finished 24th in Event #2, pocketing $15,824 after buying in for $5,000 in No-Limited Hold’em 8-Handed. His most recent cash was roughly one week ago when 59th place in $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em (Event #14) was good for $6,384.

Diaz won a WSOP gold bracelet and $352,808 in $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em Triple Chance two years ago. The same year, Diaz also took first place at Tunica’s Gold Strike World Poker Open for $139,182 after paying a $3,000 entry fee.

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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.

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