Professional poker player Ali Imsirovic plays during day five of the World Series of Poker Main Event, the $10,000 buy-in No-limit Hold’em World Championship, at Bally’s Event Center in Las Vegas, Monday, July 11, 2022. (Rachel Aston/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @rookie__rae Credit card gamble pays off again for WSOP Main Event player Layne Flack posthumously inducted into Poker Hall of Fame There were several notable players still alive in the World Series of Poker’s Main Event at the start of Day 5 on Monday, including defending champion Koray Aldemir and 2020 winner Damian Salas.
But one name on the chip counts stirred up stronger reactions and ruffled more feathers in the poker community than any other.
Ali Imsirovic arrived at the WSOP as public enemy No. 1, hounded by unsubstantiated allegations from fellow poker pros that he cheated online and during live tournaments.
He was a source of ridicule at the tables and on social media throughout his run in the $10,000 buy-in No-limit Hold’em World Championship at Bally’s before being eliminated Monday in 229th place for $46,800.
The Main Event continues Tuesday with Day 6 at Bally’s and inches closer to the final table. Karim Rebei of Algeria was the unofficial chip leader at the dinner break Monday with 197 players remaining. Imsirovic is the 2021 Global Poker Index player of the year and currently sits No. 2 on GPI’s rankings. He also captured PokerGO Tour player of the year honors in 2021, winning 14 high-roller events.
Since he burst onto the poker scene a handful of years ago, the 27-year-old originally from Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina, has more than $18 million in live career earnings, according to HendonMob.com.
But in April, high-stakes pro Alex Foxen accused Imsirovic of using real-time assistance (RTA) and multi-accounts online, and colluding with players he financially backed during live tournaments. He also was alleged by Foxen of looking at another player’s hole cards during a $100,000 buy-in high roller event.
“Ali is known as a cheater to almost all in the high roller community, however without much ironclad proof, most stay silent,” Foxen wrote on Twitter. Justin Bonomo, poker’s all-time […]
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