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Racist Poker Pro thrown out of WSOP Event

Tags: 2018 WSOP, Adrian Sorin Lovin, Dutch Boyd, Maurice Hawkins.
Posted on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 by "T".

Last Friday evening at the 2018 WSOP Event #66 $1,500 NLH, something said by a poker player to another fellow player led to his disqualification from the WSOP event.

Adrian Sorin Lovin, a poker pro who registered from Russia but at the WSOP he wore blue shirts emblazoned with ‘Team Italy', had advanced to Day 2 in Event #66 with a fairly healthy stack. At that time, the initial field of 1,351 was narrowed down to 227, which was 24 spots from the money bubble.

What Sorin Said
The one who Lovin metaphorically crossed swords with was Maurice Hawkins, a poker pro from Florida with 11 WSOP Circuits rings to his name. On a round on Day 1, Lovin chomped a huge bite out of Hawkins' stack, with an Ace-high flush beaten down by 9s-over-8s. Lovin said, "Thank you, my friend," as he scooped in the pot. Hawkins did not reply.


However, Lovin's dirty table talk turned even more ugly come Day 2, when he tried to retort during a conversation with Hawkins, dropping the N-bomb in the process - a direct violation of WSOP rules that would eventually disqualify him from the tournament.

There was some disagreement about what were the exact words that Lovin said. Ryan Feldman and Dutch Boyd, who were both seated nearby, stated that they heard "What's up, n*****" while Hawkins and others on social media say he said, "Shut up, n*****."

Well, whatever was truly said, the last word spoken mattered the most.

Empty-handed and Racially Shamed
Much to the disappointment of Hawkins and other poker fans, the initial response made by a tournament floor staff was that they issued a one-round penalty, and that's it.

While Lovin was in the penalty corner, Hawkins ended up busting the tournament. Meanwhile, Lovin was able to bag up 70,100 that made him 40th place in chips out of the surviving 228 players with 203 spots getting a payout.

Later that evening, Hawkins expressed his grievance to social media where he received support from many members from the poker community. Still, he believes that the incident warranted more than just a penalty.


WSOP Decision
But in the world of poker, Lady Luck works in mysterious ways, because fast forward to Saturday during the Day 2 restart, Hawkins will finally get the justice he asked for.

Hawkins was not at the Rio when he received news from a fellow player that WSOP officials met with Lovin and told him that when Jack Effel learned about the incident, the tournament director had decided to disqualify Lovin for his actions.

Bracelet winner Dutch Boyd shared the news in his Twitter feed.

According to Boyd, Lovin became very quiet after that as players in the area became aware of what transpired.

Lovin admitted to using the racial slur. He claimed what he said was justified because Hawkins had jokingly asked how to say "kiss my ass" in Italian. Also, he claimed he did not understand the significance of the racial slur.

For its decision, Hawkins praised the WSOP:

Hawkins said, "I like the fact that when Jack heard they came to a consensus about what the WSOP stands for, I think that was pretty huge. I saw all the people on Twitter. I've never thought of myself as part of the poker community, I've always kinda felt like an outsider, but today I felt really special by how all the people were supporting me, that they understand how hurtful that word can be. Coming all at once from people I didn't expect, it was nice, almost tearful. That was a unique feeling because I don't get a lot of love from people in poker ever. That was pretty strong."

This particular incident isn't the only one of its kind at the WSOP. In fact, at last year's WSOP, ESPN caught the aftermath of an exchange during the early parts of the 2017 Main Event wherein poker player Lazaro Hernandez dropped the n-word towards poker player Tony Bracy. For that, Hernandez received a three-round penalty.

Source:
https://www.pokernews.com/news/2018/07/maurice-hawkins-discusses-racial-incident-leading-to-dq-31423.htm?itm_content=pn-hp-hero-3
https://twitter.com/mauricehawkins/status/1015148955926085632

 


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17 comments for "Racist Poker Pro thrown out of WSOP Event"

 Birmin7/12/2018 6:40:01 PM GMT
Why You don't use in this news a word "Nigger"? Sorry if it is a banned word, I really don't know. For example in my country it's a normal word.(Ukraine)(country- Nigger, race- Nigger etc)
 TheIrish777/12/2018 6:46:55 PM GMT
Wow what a douchebag this guy is. Maurice is a living Legend now with all them wins so pulling this is just dumb.
 Gerimantas7/12/2018 6:57:39 PM GMT
I think it is bad situation to see one player saying bad words to another, thos is same situation like in online poker world too, if you read chat window then you can read many bad words too. Sad but this is situation
 CALICUL7/12/2018 10:00:37 PM GMT
I do not know if this professional player pronounced this word because one thing i know for sure. Adrian Sorin Lovin is a Romanian name and my compatriots they have no problems with african people or black people. Only when we are offended by these persons we answer normal or with insult. In my country many Romanians hate other people like gypsies or muslims but black people without a reason not. We love nig..rs because millions of Romanians are fans of black actors and musicians. In my country there are no racism cases with black people.
 Robbo19907/13/2018 4:51:08 AM GMT
surely he said something to illicit such a response.
 doubletop7777/13/2018 7:33:32 AM GMT
I am so glad that they threw this guy out of the tournament and he should now be banned forever from the World Series. Racism cannot be tolerated in any walk of life and i find it reprehensible
 damosk7/13/2018 7:36:52 AM GMT
The use of words out of their cultural context is a mighty challenge for the whole world society. Calicul’s post is true testament of this. Calicul is apparently quite content to make reference to the use of the word, however by many it is seen as a derogatory term...... yet by others it is an oft used term of some sort of endearment. The challenges of diversity! You can’t please all of the people all of the time!
 CALICUL7/13/2018 10:01:03 PM GMT
Damosk, The European Union must defend itself against "immigration taking control in Europe. That's what Donald Trump says, and he's very right. Because of this Romanians do not want many Muslims in our country. Many of them are savages, rapists, aggressors, criminals or terrorists. Another problem is Gypsies and many Romanians hate them because they made Romania shameless throughout Europe and not only here. Gypsies with Romanian citizenship are compared to the true Romanians and that's not good for us. If the Gypsies were doing England, as they did with Romania then you would have agreed with me.
 Robbo19907/14/2018 4:31:34 AM GMT
Posted by CALICUL:
Damosk, The European Union must defend itself against "immigration taking control in Europe. That's what Donald Trump says, and he's very right. Because of this Romanians do not want many Muslims in our country. Many of them are savages, rapists, aggressors, criminals or terrorists. Another problem is Gypsies and many Romanians hate them because they made Romania shameless throughout Europe and not only here. Gypsies with Romanian citizenship are compared to the true Romanians and that's not good for us. If the Gypsies were doing England, as they did with Romania then you would have agreed with me.


who else would sort your rubbish then?
 CALICUL7/14/2018 7:22:25 AM GMT
True Romanians should send them back in india, pakistan or bangladesh. About Muslims to do it
NATO because these people do not deserve to live in Europe.
 dule-vu7/14/2018 10:00:54 AM GMT
I know that we have racists in lot of parts of world,but in todays world you cant tell anything or to make a joke on some things and right away people will call you racist and problem will big!its same like on world cup for final game!some groups dont want that cameras show girls on tribunes,especially does who dont have much clothes!
they will change everything is todays world!
 Mober7/14/2018 4:00:23 PM GMT
If it is offensive, shouldnt be for every single one?
When black people refer to each other, or other races, with this specific word it is ok,
but when others doing it, then are being racist?
Never got that part right, really...
 watoba7/14/2018 9:40:13 PM GMT
Every Land and country have good people and Bad people.The big problems in the world are Religion and i mean all religions not only the Muslims. The other Problem are the big compnays.
Why so many black people come to Europe.The big companys destroy there Land to make money.
When they not will go,people come with weapons and then they must go. A few of the companys are Nestlé,Bayer,Shell and so on.
I know people from many countrys and the most are good people,For me is equal from what country a person is.The only was count for me is the respect.When you respect me i respect you,its very simple Blink
Thats the Problem with many Moslems they say only our god is good.And we have the wisdom.They dont accept other living.
But i know to Moslems there are not fanatics and they are good people.But the christ and the many jewish people are fanatics too.
And the Gypsies are Calicul say have good people too.The Problem with The Gypsies from romaian here in germany,Are not The people.Thats the Mafia.I dont think a little girl with maybe 15/16 years like it here to stay on the Street and make sex for money.So you must destroy The Mafia in romaina and the Gypsies give a Chance for good living and working.
I live in the near from Berlin and in Berlin a lot of Gypsies from Romania.Sure many criminals but that is how i say a Mafia Problem.But i have See a lot from then they are very friendly and dont stealing,and make hard work for little money,they only searching for a better life.
Money is more worth as a human live in this world.When we not end this never will change.
 CALICUL7/15/2018 10:03:00 PM GMT
I know. Many gypsies are good in all Europe but in my country, many Gypsies are lazy and they like to live of social benefits, to steal in Romania or on all continents not only in Europe, to beg or all kinds of crimes ( prostitution, drugs and other crime offenses ). For this reason i hate them and many romanians same. They are compared with real romanians and that's not good for us. Sad
 Odysseus1017/16/2018 1:18:37 PM GMT
Eventually, we'll all be one race so then there will be no more arguing over these false divisions. It's happening faster and faster, whether anyone alive likes it or not. I see it every day walking around my city and talking to my own kids. Being mixed-race is not a concern to the millenial generation in the west, so perhaps the loudmouthed older folks should recognize that their opinions are on the way out.
 Nightkid7/16/2018 6:32:49 PM GMT
Well there are times when one lets out all of one, maybe not only because of the game but because of some other problem outside this one but in fact it is already done, I think sometimes it happens to all of us but that it comes from someone we know next is news Tongue Tongue Tongue
 CALICUL7/21/2018 10:17:10 PM GMT
There in this world are many people who disagree with these interracial relationships or as they are called between different races. Doctors agree with that: these relationships bring more illnesses. Religious people are very drastic with these relationships in many countries. People have different opinions and everyone loves or hates with some rare exceptions.

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