Brazilian Rafael Caiaffa made a mistake a novice player could make at a table. Thus, the pro poker player was banned from the game.
Caiaffa was banned from all BSOP tournaments for breaking a regulation during LAPT, as reported by Mundo Poker. According to the best online poker rooms, the incident occurred early on Day 2 of the LAPT Mystery KO tournament, which had a buy-in of BRL5,000 (US$1,019).
During a table change, while replacement players were seated, a new table was set up with initial stacks already in the dealer’s hands. Caiaffa was offered a seat at the table and mistakenly acquired an additional beginning stack on top of the stack he brought to the table. At this point, it was not too late to turn back.
When Caiaffa realized his mistake, he put 100,000 chips—the initial stack—in his rucksack. When he started losing money from his original stack during a table shift, he returned the 100,000 chips he had saved.
Brazilian Pro Poker Player Was Banned Indefinitely
However, other players and the camera caught every move he made. According to poker software reports, they informed the tournament officials about what transpired, which led to Caiaffa’s immediate ban.
Both Caiaffa’s live and online poker experiences are well-documented. He has been a part of the World Series of Poker history books since 2008 and has also been seen playing on GGPoker. On the second, he took first place in the $2,500 NLHE Championship last year, earning a bracelet.
Caiaffa confessed to cheating when he retained the chips during an interview with Card Player Brasil editor Marcelo Souza. He claimed to have known immediately that something was amiss and informed a buddy he would return the stack.
Caiaffa was able to avoid coming clean by using logic. After convincing himself that the tournament dealer had erred, he retained and played the chips.