MGM Grand's Freeroll Ends in Unprecedented 29-Way Deal

Unprecedented 29-way deal in a poker freeroll

In the poker world, final table deals involving two or three players aren't uncommon. These chops can be either officially endorsed by the event organizers or a simple agreement between the participants. However, a deal involving 29 players is truly extraordinary, and that's precisely what happened these days in one live poker room.

Las Vegas' iconic MGM Grand venue hosted its Invitational. This exclusive event is made for cash game fans who achieved specific rake milestones during the qualifying phase. Additionally, there were daily qualifiers based on the different winning hands. While the total prize fund was 80 thousand dollars, the lucky victor was set to walk away with a whooping $20,000 amount.​

In an unexpected twist, the last 29 contenders chose to split the prize – a historic 29-way agreement was made. Remarkably, the group unanimously decided to grant the top two chip leaders $3,691 each, while the remaining 27 would each pocket $2,241.

The nature of this invitational, which largely depended on rake amounts in cash games, likely influenced the decision for this collective chop. Given that many players were participating due to the free entry, securing a substantial prize was appealing enough. Moreover, as regular cash game players, the appeal of halting a lengthy tournament and simultaneously earning a prize was enticing.

Reactions from the poker community were swift and varied. One commenter pondered, "Did they ALL have a plane to catch or something?". Another expressed frustration with, "I bubbled this and I am pretty pissed." Yet another humorously speculated, "So one person made the “who’s down to chop?” joke and everyone was legit just like “F*** ya!” That’s impressive".

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