Poker player who got donations for Las Vegas event lied about dying from cancer

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A poker player who said he had terminal cancer and accepted thousands of dollars in donations so he could play in a World Series of Poker tournament in Las Vegas now admits it was all a lie.

Rob Mercer told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that he made up a stage 4 colon cancer diagnosis for his GoFundMe page in June, the newspaper reported on Wednesday .

Mercer, of Vallejo, California, was trying to raise enough funds to cover the $10,000 buy-in for the World No-Limit Hold'em Championship. He received contributions worth between $30,000 and $50,000, including a stay in a suite at the Bellagio. Even a fellow Arizona player who suffers from a chronic illness donated $2,500.

“I'm sorry for not being honest about what my situation was. “If I had done that from day one, who knows what would have happened,” Mercer told the newspaper.

However, the 37-year-old says he will not refund anyone because he believes she has undiagnosed breast cancer.

He said he's been more or less banished from the poker community.

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