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Jarrett Nash blinds out of WSOP Main Event due to Religion

by Jeremy

Many people consider the WSOP Main Event to be the pinnacle of poker tournaments. Not only is there a ton of money involved, but the Main Event winner also earns tons of prestige and sponsorship offers. This being said, you’d think that somebody was half-crazy to let themselves blind out of the WSOP Main Event - especially when they’ve got a shot to win!

But to some people, there are more important things in life than winning big poker tournaments. Little known grinder Jarrett Nash felt this way about the Jewish Sabbath and decided to skip the fifth day of the 2012 WSOP Main Event because of it.

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While absent from the Main Event, Nash’s 500k stack was slowly eaten away by the blinds until he busted out in 171st place. His reward for the 171st place finish was a $44,655 payout, which is no doubt a fine cash for any player. However, the point is that Nash was in an excellent position to earn more with his bigger-than-average chip stack.

The 25-year-old wasn’t available for comment, but his cousin did talk to the media via phone; the unnamed cousin said, “He’s just not there due to his wife’s religion, I guess. He’s in his hotel room with her until 8ish. They are recently married and what not, so this is the first time this has happened. And I believe this is his first big payout.”

Apparently Jarrett Nash was recently married and converted to Judaism because his wife is Jewish. The Sabbath called for him to take a day of rest, which makes no exceptions for players who are competing for an $8.5 million top WSOP Main Event payout.

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