Monks Playing Poker

by , May 12, 2012 | 3:25 am

I know I shouldn’t celebrate yet another poker related scandal, but with minimal information, this one is definitely a favorite … six Buddhist monks have resigned over a scandalous video showing some high priests playing high-stakes poker (and drinking and smoking) when they were supposed to be honoring a dead leader. Awesome. Supposedly it was a 13-hour binge … and we all know what the rules of poker discipline say about leaving a good game.

The New York Times says it was for $875,000. (And the New Zealand Herald puts the stakes at NZ $1.1 million.) Holy craps, that’s a big roll. However, we know the mainstream press has a habit of making errors when talking poker. If they are talking 875k South Korean Won, however, the currency converts to more monk-like stakes … about $900.

Exciting nonetheless, especially for holy men who have taken a vow of celibacy.

One Comment to “Monks Playing Poker”

  1. PokerStars

    I wish stories like this would have more mainstream coverage, its this kind of news that people want to read about sometimes!