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Unconventional Rain Delay Shelves 2018 Arizona Poker Championship

Even poker tournaments sometimes get hit by the dreaded rainout.

It’s not often that a poker tournament is canceled because of rain but that’s essentially what happened to the 2018 Arizona State Poker Championship this week.

The long-running poker series, which takes place at the Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale, was hit by a monsoon of rain last weekend. The storm knocked out power to the casino and over 600 guests had to be evacuated.

Day 1 of the $1,100 buy-in Arizona State Poker Championship had just been completed when power was knocked out at Talking Stick.

Remaining Players Split Prize Pool

The tournament, which is the biggest one held in Arizona, was scheduled to have three starting days and a final table in the middle of the week.

Out of the 553 entries that started Day 1, only 90 players survived to Day 2. The prize pool had already hit $553,000.

It was initially hoped the event would merely be delayed but organizers made the decision to cancel the tournament completely as power problems persisted.

Players who were scheduled to play on Days 1B and 1C were offered an outright refund while the remaining 90 players will split the $553,000 prize pool based on chip counts, according to the casino.

Rain Also Impacted 2018 World Series of Poker

While it might seem bizarre that rain could have ramifications on an event held entirely indoors, it’s not the first time that weather has played a role in a poker tournament.

Earlier this summer Las Vegas was hit by severe rain and the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Resort, home of the World Series of Poker, went through a power outage of its own.

At the time the lights went out, there were 109 players left on Day 5 of the Main Event. Players finished up several hands using their cellphones and other sources of light before going on break to let organizers figure out what to do next.

Organizers eventually decided to have players bag their chips and end play early with roughly 45 minutes left on the clock for the day.

It ended up having little effect on the overall tournament as John Cynn went on to outlast the other 108 remaining players to claim the Main Event title for $8.8 million.

The worst weather-related incident in poker was likely the earthquake that hit Viña del Mar in Chile in 2010. The quake occurred slightly before a Latin America Poker Tour event in the area and led to an outright cancellation of the stop.

Meanwhile, if you’re looking to place a bet on a sport where the rain delay is slightly more common, you can head over to our MLB landing page to get the latest baseball news.

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