GGPoker Steps Up in Wake of Recent Cheating Scandals
In the past few months, some of poker’s most prominent figures, like all-time money leader Bryn Kenney, Ali Imsirovic, and Jake Schindler have faced cheating allegations.
Such a series of events evidently can have a negative effect on the players’ confidence in the game. Thankfully, GGPoker has stepped up to remedy that.
They’re announcing the establishment of the Poker Integrity Council (PIC). Their responsibility is to investigate allegations of cheating case by case, mainly based on hand history analyses.
Those who have been found to be cheating beyond a reasonable doubt will face punishments ranging from a simple warning to a complete ban and fund confiscation. GGPoker is also in talks with the biggest live tournament organizers, such as the WSOP, WPT, and Triton, to potentially issue industry-wide poker bans for the worst offenders.
Who Are on the Poker Integrity Council?
The most prominently featured member of the newfound Council has been Jason Koon. Having played professionally for over a decade, he has $38.250 million in live tournament earnings, as well as 1 WSOP gold bracelet.
He cemented himself as a trustworthy figure in the poker world when not only did he refuse to “ghost” someone in a millionaire private online cash game with Bill Perkins, but he also alerted the rec players in the game about the ruse back in May 2020.
Now, he has this to say about GG’s commendable initiative:
“I joined GGPoker with an important objective in mind; to help the GGPoker team make their poker games more secure and fair than ever. It’s an honor to launch the Poker Integrity Council and take another massive step in ensuring online poker is safe for all players. Our long list of allies also means that the wider community will be better protected via the industry-wide blacklist; we’re sending a united message that there’s no place in this game for cheaters.”
Besides Koon, the other members of the Poker Integrity Council are Andrew "LuckyChewy" Lichtenberger, Fedor Holz, Seth Davies, and Nick Petrangelo.
The five members have a combined 6 WSOP gold bracelets and $123.936 million in live tournament earnings among them.
Recent Major Cheating Scandals in the Poker World
Ali Imsirovic and Jake Schindler are two players who play the highest stakes, most publicized poker events on a regular basis. Both of them are rumored to have been banned from the GGNetwork for using real-time assistance (RTA). While the poker site does not comment on individual cases of player bans, both of them stopped playing suddenly despite being major winners on the site.
Meanwhile, all-time money leader Bryn Kenney has been accused of running a stable where the horses are colluding with each other in online tournaments. He’s also been alleged to have taken over a losing recreational player's online poker account, a much frowned-upon practice known as “ghosting”.
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