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Cheating Player Gets the B-O-O-T From National Scrabble Tourney

John Gichigi, Allsport

I’ve heard of pitchers in baseball scuffing up baseballs. I’ve heard of wide receivers using a little bit of “stick ’em.” I’ve even heard of some of the sundry things that go on at the back barn at the horse tracks. But, cheating in Scrabble, “come on, man!”

Yep, a man was busted Tuesday at the national Scrabble championships in Orlando, Florida for hiding two blank tiles. You know, the highly coveted blank tiles that can be used as any letter of the alphabet!

According to the National Scrabble Association website, “The tournament director…discovered that two blanks were not put into the tilebag as they should have been when the board was cleared off…The player was questioned and admitted to taking them.”

Everyone that this player beat along the way was given forfeit wins and allowed to proceed in the tournament.

Amazing, huh?!

This seems to be a trend with the Scrabble tourney as just last year a player accused another of hiding a “G” and demanded that player be stripped searched. 25-year-old Thai finalist Chollapat Itthi-Aree accused Briton Ed Martin of this mischief but the request was denied. Martin went on to win the match by one point!


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