Brandon Cantu has been involved in a fight with Jesse Martin during the Dealers Choice event at the World Series Of Poker yesterday.
According to Pokernews, who were providing live reporting for the event, Cantu was involved in a dispute about a hand that he and Matt Szymaszek were involved in. This resulted in raised voices from both players, the floor being called and then Jesse Martin who was on the adjacent table also getting involved.
This is what happened according to Pokernews.
“We arrived at the table in time to see a heated argument between Brandon Cantu and Matt Szymaszek during a hand of 2-7 triple draw. When we came upon the scene, the tournament director was making a ruling over the hand. We’re unsure of the action, but voices quickly became louder with Cantu arguing over the outcome of the ruling.
Jesse Martin, from the next table over, shouted to the tournament director, telling him that Szymaszek “plays draw games every day,” knew the rules, and was not attempting to angle shoot.
“Shut the f*** up,” retorted Cantu, bluntly.
From there, the arguing match between Cantu and Martin escalated.
“You’re an angle shooter, Brandon,” said Martin. “Nobody f***ing likes you.”
An angered Cantu then made his way over to Martin’s table. Despite the presence of another floor staff member in between the two of them, Cantu stormed over and attempted to shove Martin before the floor was fully able to intervene. Cantu quickly made his way back to the table and went back to pleading with the tournament director over the ruling.
“Get him out of here!” said Martin. “He punched me. Ban him. Get him out of here.”
This led to Cantu initially getting a one round penalty which was then increased to two rounds.
Watch in the videos below, what both of the players had to say about what occured during the event:
In a later video with Maria “Maridu” Mayrinck, she talks about the time Brandon Cantu accused her of the angle shooting.
This incident has not escaped the poker masses and there is a very active thread on 2+2 that has the opinions of many on what happened and what the punishment should have been for both players.