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Gossip Column: Vanessa Selbst Berates Loren Klein Over MAGA Hat & Drunk Stuart Rutter Misbehaves With Phil Hellmuth

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  • PG News June 29, 2018
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Although poker is a mind sport and requires high levels of skill and concentration, it isn’t under any circumstances boring! In this edition of PokerGuru Gossip Column we bring to you the juicy drama that’s been going on at the 2018 World Series of Poker (WSOP). First on our list is none other than the controversial poker figure Vanessa Selbst who raged against Loren Klein’s unconventional choice of a “Make America Great Again” hat during the $10,000 PLO 8-Handed Championship. Next up is Stuart ‘NutterRutter’ Rutter who decided to drunkenly pester Phil Hellmuth and received two penalties from the WSOP for his indecent behaviour.

Well since the action here never stops, lets all sit back, relax and enjoy the salacious gossip that WSOP and the poker community brings our way!

Vanessa Selbst Rages Against Loren Klein on Twitter For His ‘MAGA’ Hat

Former PokerStars pro Vanessa Selbst was recently in the news after her rant against three-time WSOP bracelet winner Loren Klein for wearing a ‘Make America Great Again (MAGA)’ hat during his victory in Event #49: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 8-Handed Championship.

Selbst had announced her retirement from the WSOP and poker earlier this year in order to concentrate on her family life and her new career managing hedge funds at Bridgewater Associates investment management firm. However, Selbst was seen in action in Event #40: $2,500 Mixed Big Bet. She had tweeted that 50% of her profits from WSOP will go to the charitable organization Make the Road New York.

Even though Selbst did not cash at her event, she certainly had a lot to say about Klein’s win at the $10,000 PLO 8-Handed Championship where he bagged the humongous top prize of $1,018,336. Selbst took offence to the hat that Klein was sporting while he played the event. She took to Twitter to express her contempt.

She even sassily defended her sentiment on the social media platform.

But Klein’s refusal to engage with her on Twitter seemed to add fuel to the raging fire.

When asked about the hat in his post-event interview, Klein said, “I can’t take it off now, the hat got me here. And there are a lot of haters out there that need this picture, just check out my Twitter feed today. All the haters really helped me to bring this one home. It felt amazing, and I can’t wait to talk to all of them when I see them in the Rio hallways, I might even wear the bracelet for a bit. People have been talking shit about the MAGA hat for days and wishing me bad things all day today, it is fantastic.”

On Twitter, Klein chose to retweet people who expressed support for him and his hat and even tweets from those who chose to mock him. He retweeted Selbst’s tweets as well!

In the end, we hope that these two poker greats will be able to resolve their differences that started with a hat!

Drunk Stuart Rutter Harasses Phil Hellmuth During WSOP Event

Event #53: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better saw it’s fair share of drama when Englishman Stuart Rutter disrupted play with his drunken antics. His behaviour was first tweeted about by fellow participant Matt Smith.

His intoxicated capers got the ‘NutterRutter’ removed from the table with a penalty. After he was allowed back, he continued to taunt the 14-time WSOP bracelet winnerPhil Hellmuth.

Following his second penalty, he continued to call out for Hellmuth from his isolated table.

Rutter’s behaviour was beginning to annoy the ‘PokerBrat’ who asked for him to be 86’d (banned).

Smith continued to tweet about the growing tension between Rutter and Hellmuth and the former’s increasingly bad attitude.

Things seemed to tapper off towards the end of the day and Hellmuth and Rutter both made it into Day 2 of the event, though Rutter was considerably short-stacked.

So, this was all for this edition of PokerGuru Gossip Column. We will be back with more interesting updates very soon!

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