Jack Sparrow-lookalike Trespassed from WSOP for Fake Pirate Pistols after Main Event Deep Run

Jack Sparrow-lookalike Trespassed from WSOP for Fake Pirate Pistols after Main Event Deep Run

14 Jul

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The WSOP wouldn’t be quite the same without at least one bizarre incident and this year that honour goes to the man in the Jack Sparrow costume.

Poker pro Scotter Clark was hired for his Pirates of the Caribbean persona and then incredibly trespassed from all Caesars properties after a deep run in the Main Event for carrying fake pirate pistols!

Clark, from Marion, Iowa, was hired by the WSOP as part of their Mystery Bounty event, greeting players as they selected their prizes, with Matt Glantz taking the $1million top bounty.

The Jack Sparrow costume cost Clark $3500 several years ago, from the same company that designed the Pirates of the Caribbean originals, and he claims his role went down a storm.

“You did a great job,” and “Thank you for everything you did,” were among the comments from top WSOP officials, Clark claimed.

He also told Poker.org’s Haley Hintze:

“It’s about having fun while playing poker. I’m gregarious and full of life, and I’m trying to help promote poker as a fun activity.”

That fun would continue into a deep run in the Main Event, but somewhere along the way Clark’s pirate pistols became an issue, security and tournament officials questioning him about the movie prop items on day 2d of the Main Event.

The pistols were clearly fake on closer inspection – having no chambers or barrels – but apparently still problematic, and Clark had to sign over the guns to Bally’s staff for safe-keeping.

Clark went on to bag a day 5 stack in the ME, eventually busting out in 195th spot for a $53,900 cash, but that’s when his problems really started.

As soon as his payout was processed, he was approached by “a high-ranking tourney director, plus two security guards” according to Hintze.

Clark explained:

“I was walked straight to the security desk. All of a sudden, about ten security guards came in, in a flurry of activity. They read me a trespass warning. And they said if I was ever at any Caesars property or at the WSOP in the United States, I would be arrested. The WSOP hired me to work the Mystery Bounty, which I did. The WSOP actually flew me in for this.”

Clark doesn’t believe the WSOP were at fault, indicating they were very “accommodating and explanative” but the miscommunication between the organisers and the venue’s rules on prohibited items has caused him quite a problem.

With the same “Pirate” gig planned for the 2023 WSOP, and playing the summer Vegas shindig now a fairly regular sideshow for Clark, what happens next is unclear.

Neither Caesars nor the WSOP have commented on the incident.

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