Cheating online and offline poker is a serious problem. Cheating online is more difficult to spot than in the real world. Cheating can be done by hiding cards and then switching them for others.
Numerous poker players have been accused of cheating. These accusations have had a significant impact on poker in general, regardless of whether they were accused colluding in live poker tournaments or using real time assistance tools to play the system online.
Multiple players have accused Ali Imsirovic of illegal behavior. Daniel Schindler is a well-known player for his ability to grind the competition. Several of them have spoken out against the allegations, while others are still silent.
The WSOP has taken a zero tolerance approach to the problem. This was supported in part by a new GGPoker poker integrity council. It is hoped that this will increase transparency and trust within the industry.
January saw the most scandalous cheating scandal of 2022. Five-time bracelet winner Jeremy Ausmus was accused after he failed in his bid to win a sixth WSOP bracelet. He was later banned by the event organizers.
A large number of poker players, including Mike Matusow weighed in on the news. But some of the players who were accused of cheating, like high-stakes grinders Ali Imsirovic and Daniel Schindler, have remained silent.
Almost all of the high-rollers in poker are aware about Ali Imsirovic’s history of cheating. But, they are not able to prove it.
Alex Foxen from Chip Leader Coaching is another big name in online poker. He joined the call that blacklists players accused of cheating. He also pushed for the ban of online poker players from these sites.
Bonomo was also the one to speak out against Imsirovic. Bonomo called the alleged fraud a “serious matter” but said that he would trust any source who claims to have seen it.
He also offered to take the case before arbitration if the accuser had a clear and credible basis to their claim. He declined the offer.
The scandals of cheating that occurred this year are still affecting the poker community. Some of those involved walked away with their WSOP cashes. Other players were caught on video doing things they weren’t used to in a poker tourney.
These scandals have had a huge effect on the poker world. Many are calling for criminal prosecutions of those accused. GGPoker’s Poker Integrity Council, which is led by GGPoker, has called for an industrywide blacklist that lists violators.