The $1,000 Mystery Bounty, one of the most successful events in the history of the World Series of Poker, experienced a wild twist days after its completion when the player they hired as part of the festivities, Scotter Clark, was evicted from all of the properties. According to Clark, he was barred from the casino venue because of the two prop guns he brought into the venue, which he wore during several events, including the Main. He emphasized that they knew the guns were fake.
Clark expressed his shock and disappointment over a situation that appears to be a core misunderstanding between the World Series of Poker’s executive management and other high-ranking officials within the larger Caesars Entertainment (CET) group. Clark was hired by the World Series of Poker to man the podium where lucky golden-chest winners in the Mystery Bounty event were called up to select envelopes containing the highest bounty prizes, ranging from $25,000 to the $1,000,000 ticket pulled by Matt Glantz.
The start of the World Series of Poker was delayed several hours due to travel issues, but Clark reported that the staff were pleased with his performance on the podium. The treasure-chest hours were hosted by Jeff Platt on the Mystery Bounty’s Day 2. Clark reported the top directors as saying, “You did a great job,” and “Thank you for everything you did.”
The Jack Sparrow event became an issue on the second day of the Main event after Clark decided to continue wearing it. The security and floor staff talked to him about the costume guns. He showed them that though the prop guns were made of wood and metal, they were actually movie-style items, with no chamber or barrel, and they could emit a click sound when the gun was pulled.
Clark said that it was about having fun while playing poker. I am trying to help promote poker as a fun activity because I am full of life. He has been doing the Jack Sparrow costume for several years. He bought the costume from the same costume design company that created the original Captain Jack Sparrow look for the popular Pirates of the Caribbean film property. Clark flew his daughter out to Las Vegas for the first time when he was at the World Series of Poker, and he paid $3,500 for a costume that he wears every Halloween.
According to Clark, the background didn’t matter to the Bally’s security detail. With the World Series of Poker staff possibly intervening on his behalf, he claimed that he was allowed to surrender the prop guns to Bally’s staff, with a signed receipt, and to continue playing in the Main event.
According to his version of events, it was likely that Bally’s security executives had already decided on Day 2 that Clark would be caught up in the Main event. The second-largest cash of his live-tourney career occurred at about 8:30 pm on Day 5, when he busted in 195th place for $53,900. A high-ranking tourney director, along with two security guards, approached Clark after he received his payout ticket.
Clark thought he was going to be taken to the security office to sign for and retrieve his prop guns, but that was not the case. Clark described it as being walked straight to the security desk. All of a sudden, about ten security guards showed up. The first two security guards were not present when this happened.
They told me to stay away. They said I would be arrested if I were at any of the Caesars properties or the World Series of Poker in the United States. I was hired by the World Series of Poker to work the Mystery Bounty. I was actually flown in by the World Series of Poker.
Clark stated that the head of Bally’s security official who gave him the notice seemed almost embarrassed by it. Clark reported to the security officer that he didn’t know anything. This is not coming from me.
Clark believed that he had nothing to do with the World Series of Poker, and that the officials were very accommodating and explanative during the whole experience. It may have been a situation where the promotional concepts stumbled squarely into the ban on weaponry at most casinos, even including non-functional prop items.
Clark claims that he signed a deal with the company that would have allowed him to return to the gig in 2023. It is an interesting question as to whether Clark will be allowed to return. Four people have been removed from the World Series of Poker this summer for perceived offenses not related to the playing of poker at the tables. The State of Nevada’s exclusion list of banned persons is referred to by most inquiries regarding ban/trespass matters connected to individual people.
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Scotter Clark, who was hired as part of the $1,000 Mystery Bounty event at World Series of Poker, was trespassed from all Caesars properties following his run in the ongoing Main Event. According to Clark, he was trespassed because of the two prop guns he brought into the casino venue, which he wore during several events, including the Main, where he busted late on Day 5.