Unpopular Chris Ferguson Turning WSOP Player Of The Year Race Upside Down

Posted on July 6, 2017

[toc]Chris Ferguson, the disgraced ex-director of Full Tilt Poker, has broken the World Series of Poker record for the highest number of cashes in a single year.

By cashing in the $888 Crazy Eights tournament, Ferguson broke the record set by Roland Israelashvili in last year’s series. He has cashed in 14 events so far this year in the Las Vegas, Nevada series.

Despite Ferguson breaking the record for WSOP tournament cashes, all but one of the 14 cashes was a min-cash. This means that he is likely not even to profit for the World Series of Poker, even with this apparent success.

Ferguson has made just one final table, and cashed for less than double his buy-in in more than half of his wins. Despite this, Ferguson is currently second in the WSOP Player of the Year race. This has led to renewed criticism of the new Player of the Year points allocations.

Chris Ferguson’s WSOP 2017 cashes

Ferguson has had the following results at the time of writing:

  • The Colossus III: 449th place, $4,129
  • $1,000 Tag Team: 81st place, $898
  • $1,500 Dealer’s Choice 6-max: 44th place, $2,335
  • $565 Omaha: 87th place, $3,458
  • $3,000 6-max Hold’em: 117th, $4,594
  • $2,500 Hold’em: 118th, $4,068
  • $1,000 Hold’em Super Turbo Bounty: 135th, $1,374
  • $1,500 Stud Hi/Lo: 49th, $2,795
  • $10,000 6-max Hold’em: 43rd, $15,516
  • $10,000 Stud Hi/Lo: 12th, $22,396
  • $1,500 Monster Stack: 855th, $2,496
  • $10,000 Omaha Hi/Lo: 4th, $150,929
  • $1,500 Hold’em: 96th, $3,410
  • Crazy Eights: 277th, $3,611

Ferguson and Full Tilt Poker

Chris Ferguson was one of the directors of Full Tilt Poker, formerly the world’s second-largest and arguably most well-known online poker site.

In April 2011, Full Tilt had its domain name seized as part of the FBI crackdown on online poker in the US. In the ensuing months, it was revealed that the company did not have enough cash to facilitate withdrawals.

The company had been giving players deposits on credit. It also lied to the poker community about keeping player balances held in a separate, segregated account.

At the same time, the directors and high-ranking poker players of Full Tilt continued to pay themselves salaries in excess of $10 million each year. Ferguson and his colleagues Howard Lederer (with whom Ferguson played this year’s Tag Team event) and Ray Bitar had paid out over $444 million to themselves and other owners of Full Tilt.

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A veteran of the online gambling industry, Matt Perry has worn a number of hats since he first began working in online poker and iGaming in 2007. He currently writes for a variety of publications focused on legal online gambling, and in the past has served as an editor, copywriter, content manager and reporter.

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