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February 24, 2006

$500K Tourney Winner disqualified!

There is an article at PokerNews.com today that outlines a recent scandle involving a player of some internet renown, who had multiple accounts at PartyPoker and won a big tournament.

You can read the entire article HERE

The article intimates that the player admitted to playing under a second account that he set up, because he heard that others were doing this and he felt he should not be left out.

The issue brings to light one of the weaknesses of playing online! It is almost impossible to detect and police collusion!

Wilcone and I recently had a problem with PartyPoker, in that we both have the same name ( father and son and all that ), and they initially refused Wilcone an account as a result. We had to fax to them documentation to substantiate that we were different people! Frankly, I was not upset at this, but relieved to know that there WERE safeguards in place for this.

BUT... this does not scratch the surface of the possible collusion issue!

There are multiple players out there that converse via instant messaging software, as well as over the telephone. No poker room software can detect or avoid this from happening.....

Posted by fatbill at February 24, 2006 10:38 AM


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