GGPoker’s launch of their much-vaunted Poker Integrity Council was accompanied by the shock announcement that confirmed and banned cheats will be allowed to play on the site again – an “olive branch” extended for all bar the most serious transgressors… The surprise statement says that “those who have spent time away from the tables, for game integrity reasons, should eventually be allowed to start over with a clean slate, apart from the most severe cases.”
It adds: “As such, we would like to extend an ‘Olive Branch’ to previously banned high-stakes cash game and tournament players on GGPoker Network through Aug 15, 2022.”
Justin Bonomo tweeted: “My *guess* is this is aimed at players who got banned for looking at preflop charts while playing,” but fellow highstakes pro Kevin Rabichow quickly picked up on what was missing from the offer to reinstate rights… As we reported previously, the Poker Integrity Council (PIC) is fronted by Jason Koon , who will be working with Fedor Holz , Andrew Lichtenberger, Seth Davies, and Nick Petrangelo to review suspicious behaviour at the online tables.
Real-time assistance (RTA) use, ghosting, and collusion are all big problems and the penalties for those found guilty range all the way from a warning to being placed on a new industry blacklist.
That blacklist, backed by the biggest live tours – WSOP, WPT and Triton included – will see online cheats unable to play the biggest live events.
However, in late 2020 GGPoker banned a number of high-profile players, believed to be for RTA-use, including Ali Imsirovic and Jake Schindler.
It hasn’t been made clear by the site what constitutes “the most severe cases”, leaving many to wonder if they will be allowed back into the fold.
PIC member Fedor Holz more than hints at that being a big “NO”, tweeting “the olive branch is only for people who have been banned for 2 years now for something that’s not that egregious, like preflop charts or similar. Hardcore cheaters (like RTA) should never be able to come back.”
Those who were banned for the pre-flop charts transgression include Chris Brewer, who was adamant he didn’t […]
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