Rob Mercer has admitted that he lied about having colon most cancers after accepting about $40,000 in donations to play within the WSOP Primary Occasion. [Image: Shutterstock.com]
Really feel-good turns feel-bad
Yearly on the World Collection of Poker (WSOP), there are feel-good tales about gamers who overcame troublesome conditions to be there and dwell their dream of competing on poker’s largest stage. Rob Mercer seemed like he might need been a kind of, having accepted round $40,000 in donations from the poker neighborhood after claiming he had stage 4 colon most cancers and actually wished to play within the WSOP. However now he has admitted it was all a lie.
I did lie about having colon most cancers. I don’t have colon most cancers.”
In a telephone interview with the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Mercer confessed: “I did lie about having colon most cancers. I don’t have colon most cancers. I used that to cowl my state of affairs. What I did was fallacious. I shouldn’t have informed folks I’ve colon most cancers. I did that simply as a spur-of-the-moment factor when somebody requested me what sort of most cancers I had.”
“I’m sorry for not being trustworthy about what my state of affairs was. If I might have performed that from Day 1, who is aware of what would have occurred,” he added.
There have been suspicions in regards to the veracity of Mercer’s story a month in the past, nevertheless it wasn’t till this week that Mercer himself confirmed that he made up the analysis. He initially received the eye of poker influencer Doug Parscal, Jr., who goes by “SnoopDoug” on-line, by way of a submit on X in February asking for help as a result of he had most cancers.
Quick ahead to June and Parscal, who had provided to purchase Mercer into tournaments, received Hustler On line casino Reside producer Nick Vertucci to assist out. Vertucci received the phrase out and Mercer raised $12,000 on a GoFundMe, accepted extra personal donations, and was given a collection on the Bellagio for he and his father.
acted ungrateful for the Bellagio keep
In Las Vegas for the WSOP Primary Occasion – he was eradicated on Day 1 – Mercer gave off unhealthy vibes to folks concerned within the fundraising. Vertucci mentioned Mercer acted ungrateful for the Bellagio keep and noticed him enjoying on line casino pit video games. His father additionally received into an incident that required the involvement of safety.
Textual content confession
After which there was Cody Daniels, a poker participant who really does have a terminal sickness and was simply launched from one other stint within the hospital a pair days in the past. He met Mercer by way of Vertucci and received along with him in particular person on the WSOP. After a brief dialog, he got here away with an uneasy feeling, saying: “It was fishy to us, and clearly we weren’t the one ones.”
has not gone to a health care provider
Yesterday, Parscal posted screenshots of a prolonged textual content message from Mercer to Daniels, apologizing for mendacity about having colon most cancers. Mercer mentioned he has been sick for over a yr with signs which have led him to consider that he has breast most cancers, however has not gone to a health care provider out of worry that he would get the most cancers analysis and it will develop into actual. Mercer additionally mentioned he has suffered from despair, which has presumably contributed to not in search of medical remedy.
Mercer mentioned he informed folks he had colon most cancers out of embarrassment that, as a male, he may have breast most cancers. After which he stored going with the lie, accepting donations and Las Vegas comps.
He added that he has accepted being shunned by the poker neighborhood and that “I introduced quite a lot of it on myself.” Regardless of the apology, Mercer mentioned he isn’t repaying the cash as a result of he’s really sick, whatever the truthfulness of what sickness he mentioned he has.
On his YouTube show, Vertucci mentioned: “He’s nonetheless a human being and you could care about each particular person on the planet no matter what an enormous piece of cheese they could possibly be. I don’t need the child to have most cancers. In the end, I’d fairly him simply be a foul particular person.”