Putting villains on pedestals
The founder of the Olympics is the story of Pelops, grandson of Zeus, who organized the first edition of the games as a funeral celebration for his defeated father-in-law, King Oinomaos of Pisa. Pelops fell in love with Oinomaos’ daughter Hippodamia, but to win her hand in marriage, he had to defeat the king in a chariot race. Pelops was victorious, but only after bribing the Oinomaos’ charioteer to replace his chariot’s bronze axle pins with wax, sabotage his ride and causing his death.
the Greeks believed in naming and shaming those who cheated
As long as there is sport, there are cheaters. In present-day Greece, along many of the paths to ancient stadiums, there are pedestals with once-great statues, not depicting athletic heroes, but rather sporting villains. A shame, the Greeks believed in naming and shaming those who cheated, those who sullied their sport.
Some may say why the impostors glorify, why magnify their deeds in art? The side of a cup from 490 BC. shows a wrestler biting and stabbing his opponent in the eye while the referee beats him with a stick. The Greeks clearly believed that these publicly displayed artistic commissions would serve as a warning to others, a deterrent to dissuade would-be scammers and swindlers from discrediting the game.
The tip of the iceberg
There are many cheating scandals and more on the horizon as RTA (Real Time Assistance), card sharing, ghosting and multi-accounting pose an existential threat to online poker. Some in the poker community may be tired of hearing this, but they need to buckle up because we’re only seeing the tip of the iceberg right now.
Some of the major poker sites have an abundance of evidence at their disposal. Their customers contain software that is equivalent to spyware. Once you’ve downloaded it, they’ll know what other programs you’ve opened and the specific data they can collect can paint a conclusive picture of cheating behavior.
At a press conference on July 5, GGPoker announced the creation of a Poker Integrity Council (PIC) to help combat unethical play. Less than four weeks later, the council consisting of Jason Koon, Andrew Lichtenberger, Fedor Holz, Seth Davies and Nick Petrangelo is now ready to drop the hammer on some high-profile offenders.
The Poker Integrity Council
In September 2020, German online gamer turned poker player Fedor Kruse made headlines when his roommates blew the whistle over his use of an RTA device known as a “dream machine.” GGPoker eventually banned him and seized $250,000 while other sites refunded his balance before he blocked his accounts.
Later that same month, GGPoker banned 40 more accounts from RTA use and issued warnings to 40 others. In total, the operator seized about $1.2 million from 13 of the blocked accounts:
Breaking: GGPoker makes decision on real-time assistance:
(“We have discovered a small group of RTA users through our improved detection methods”
– 13 accounts banned, $1.2 million seized
– 27 further banned, no seizure
– 40 warned
— Nick Jones (@pokerprojones) September 30, 2020
In recent months, Ali Imsirovic, Jake Schindler and Bryn Kenney have all been credibly accused of cheating, prompting many in the community to call for the implementation of an industry-wide blacklist. The PIC certainly represents a step in that direction, with GGPoker pointing to that player-focused judicial body for the final two steps of its three-step process:
Detection – GGPoker’s security team identifies suspicious behavior such as collusion, ghosting, or bot game/use of RTA. Review – Councilors review the relevant hand histories, with the player or players remaining anonymous. Verdict – Councilors vote on appropriate disciplinary action. The nature of that action will be determined by the seriousness of the violation, ranging from warnings to a permanent GGPoker ban and the confiscation of funds.
Keeping the Poker Streets Clean
It now seems likely that GGPoker had this idea very much in mind when they signed Koon in October 2021. A player known for his integrity, his presence on the Council weighs heavily in the community. According to Koon, August 1 is D-Day for some of the more egregious cheaters.
On July 12, Koon hosted an AMA (Ask Me Anything) on Reddit about the PIC.
📢 NEWS ANNOUNCEMENT 📢
After the establishment of the Poker Integrity Council (PIC), @JasonKoon has kindly agreed to join our AMA Series at #reddit. Tuesday, July 12, 2030 UTC. Jump over and get your questions NOW! https://t.co/82YcqwueVR
— GGPoker – The World’s Largest Poker Room (@GGPoker) July 10, 2022
Koon could not comment on specific individuals, but he said GGPoker will share the names of those the Council decides against with the World Series of Poker, Triton Poker, Kings Casino, Poker After Dark and the other live tours associated with their website.
Koon was also adamant that he wants other online operators to follow suit, saying “we want the PIC to become a truly industry-wide initiative”, adding that the goal is “to keep the poker streets clean”.
PokerStars Eliminates Cheaters at Live Stops
Keeping the poker streets clean means incorporating cheaters on both the virtual and live feel, so it’s good that GGPoker recognizes the need for that consistency. On the same subject, it’s worth noting that Imsirovic and Schindler showed up to play EPT Monte Carlo in April, but oddly, both only played one event at the start of the festival, leading many to suspect they were subsequently banned by PokerStars.
unanimous in their outrage that known cheats played on EPT Monte Carlo
Kruse was also seen near the venue in Monaco, but never took part in a tournament. Maybe he was just on vacation, or maybe a similar fate befell him. What we can be sure of, however, is that the high roller community has been vocal and almost unanimous in their outrage over the fact that known cheats were playing at EPT Monte Carlo and PokerStars responded to that outcry. Some clarification may be found in a July 1st PokerStars blog written by their Head of Game Integrity, Francis Lincoln. In it he wrote:
“Previously, certain players who were banned from their online activities were also told that they were not welcome to play at our live events. However, we have decided that the policy was not as comprehensive as it should be… We are working to ensure that any player who has been banned from PokerStars for game integrity reasons is not welcome to attend any of our live events. to play. This is true even if their online crimes would not be reproducible in a live environment.”
The tightening up of this process is welcome news, as it makes sense that if a player’s previous actions resulted in their PokerStars account being closed for a game integrity violation, a player who played against them would not see them in a live environment. from PokerStars should come across. .
Does GGPoker have the moral authority?
With the PIC, GGPoker has made its game integrity and security processes more robust and transparent, but some in the community have criticized the idea, claiming it is nothing more than a publicity stunt. I strongly disagree.
One can rightly point to GG’s use of the agent system and blindly for VPN use for years, feeling that it undermines their moral authority, but this is not a situation where the game takes advantage of a “people in glass houses wouldn’t throw stones” mentality On those fronts, GG’s misdeeds warrant investigation, but this is a separate matter and one on the good side.
Another criticism of the PIC is the appointment of Holz, owner of Odin, the fastest poker solver on the market. On the one hand, he is an elite player who is certainly qualified to judge if someone is playing “too well” and warrants suspicion. On the other hand, it undermines the mission somewhat when a board member directly benefits from players using a piece of kit that can generate GTO solutions in 20 seconds. Time will tell whether its presence is net positive or negative.
A red letter day?
So, will August 1 be a red letter day for the poker community? I hope so. Poker has more than a few bad apples and for far too long cheaters have thrived knowing that the worst that could happen to them was to get banned by that site.
the prevalence of cheaters is really hurting poker right now
Poker sites are clearly competing with each other and I understand that providing the most secure platform to play on is a selling point. The problem is that the prevalence of cheaters is hurting all of poker right now, so it’s in the interest of any company to lay down their guns on this particular topic.
Addressing this problem requires a unified approach and as much coordination as the sites find palatable and the law allows. From whistleblowers to security teams, from Poker Integrity Councils to Game Integrity heads, from poker players to the poker media, stopping the cheaters is going to take a village.
Like the ancient Greeks, let us build our own gait of shame, and shame and shun those who have sullied our great game.
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