Most poker tournaments are peaceful and quiet affairs but we read in the poker tournament news about a disqualification of a player from a tournament at the Parx casino near Philadelphia. According to the poker tournament news articles poker professional Ryan Eriquezzo was disqualified for crumpling his cards having lost a large pot with a pair of queens against a pair of Aces but other sources suggest that this was just the last of a series of misdemeanours which included berating officials and dealers and using abusive and threatening language. Mr Eriquezzo is quoted in the poker news articles denying the charges saying that he only exploded after he was disqualified. Obviously the sequence of events is unclear at the moment but we do not often see disqualifications for bad behaviour in the poker tournament news. Various tweets followed what happened some in support of Ryan saying the punishment was too severe and others suggesting that he was not telling the whole story and anyway to react in that way is inappropriate and that everybody gets a bad break every now and then, it is part of the game. In other online poker tournament news we hear that the California State Poker Championship has been won by Jeff Madsen who beat 583 other players to take his second title of the year and pocket the first prize of $157000. According to the poker news Madsen went into the final heads up with a three to one stack advantage only for his opponent Alexander Greenblatt to fight back and take the lead before Madsen eventually ran out as the winner. Last week also saw the inaugural event of the New Jersey Mayors Poker Tournament in which local mayors from around the state take part with the $10,000 prize being donated to the charity of the winners choice.