The recently completed stop on the World Poker Tour, the Legends of Poker at the Bicycle Casino in Los Angeles, CA, brought a great deal of excitement for poker fans. With several notable names at the final table, including Jeff Madsen, Greg Mueller and Ali Eslami, Josh Hale was able to outlast the field to take the title. But it is the actions of Eslami earlier in the tournament that have ignited discussion across the poker landscape.
Allen Kessler – known for his rigid observance of poker’s rules – seems to have started the firestorm with a posting not only on the Two Plus Two forum but also his own Facebook page yesterday. In his Facebook posting, Kessler noted that on Day 1A, “The WPT Main Event at the Bike (condoned) Ali Eslami, Ray Henson and others at one table, who had agreed to blind raise UTG (under the gun, or first after the big blind) and UTG plus one in early levels. This creates huge stacks at one table and those players…thrive from this (to go deep in the tournament).”