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Poker Pundit - Jeremy “Chipsteela” Menard - Learning lessons the hard way

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The past few weeks didn’t start off going as well as I had hoped. I bricked in all the SCOOP tourneys I played including the main event. I busted in pretty standard fashion when my overpair didn’t hold against the overs and a flush draw of my opponent, and in the Heads up SCOOP event I was done when the board paired allowing my opponents over pair to counterfeit my two pair. Yawn.

The real story for the past week has been the fact that my account on Full Tilt was hacked into and robbed for a pretty decent amount of money since I hadn’t withdrawn for awhile on there.  This came at a perfect time because I had just had a terrible Sunday and was already feeling distraught. You can imagine how I felt the next day when I went to open up my Full Tilt account and found that the password had been changed, and when I finally did get into it I found that my roll on there was hovering right around $.03. I had heard plenty of stories of situations like this from friends, but never in a million years thought it would happen to me. After a few minutes of shock, I went into detective mode to find out exactly what had happened to see if there was any possible way for me to get this money back.

When I traced back through my log in history I found that an uknown IP address had logged into my account right after I had logged out for the night around 3:30 AM. I then searched the IP address to find out which city it was coming from to see if I could trace it back to someone I knew. Sure enough the IP address was from Grand Junction, CO and there is only one person I know from that area. I remember giving this person my password not that long ago to take over for me for a few minutes while my internet was disconnected during a crucial part of a tournament. I know what you guys are thinking, what a retard I am for giving my password away, however this person and I have been friends since I first started playing online and we had done several transfers back and forth for substantial amounts of money.

Needless to say, there was a lot of trust between us and I had no reason to suspect that the guy was capable of doing something like this from our history, and I basically never give out my password to other players. When I called the guy to confront him he was actually genuinely surprised and assured me there was no way that it was him that played on my account and even though he has a history of getting on his account when he is completely wasted and blowing money he didn’t even drink last night. I then gave him the IP address that accessed my account and asked him to find out what his was; sure enough they were a perfect match. He did say that his brother that he had bailed out of jail was staying with him and it’s possible that he could have done this.  At this point I didn’t know what to believe, because all the signs point to this guy but I couldn’t imagine him ever doing this to me.

It was also around this time that Full Tilt had began doing their own investigation of the matter, and they sent me a hand history showing how exactly the funds had disappeared from my account. Apparently whoever it was decided to multitable mid to high stakes PLO cash game tables, a game I know my friend plays, and basically played from 3 AM to 9 AM that morning, blowing my roll in the process.

Why the fuck would someone go through the trouble of getting into someone’s account if they are just gonna blow the money regardless, mind boggling I tell you.
I was actually hoping that the person had transferred money to another account or dumped it to someone in a cash game in an obvious fashion so that I would have a chance of getting it back, but since it was lost to legitimate players I had no chance that Full Tilt would help in the recovery of the funds. They sent an email that basically said I should be more careful who I give my password to, and basically that I was fucked despite my loyal support of their site.

I just want to take this opportunity to say to Full Tilt support, thanks guys I really appreciate all your help, douchebags. Still I guess this does provide a valuable lesson to those out there that think their accounts are invincible online, don’t be stupid like me. Never give your password out to anyone no matter what the circumstance. I had to learn this the hard way. I am still in the process of talking to my “friend” to solve this problem, and since he can’t get in contact with his brother it’s making things even more difficult. I’m not really sure what the best action is to take right now, but any suggestions are appreciated.

After this fiasco I had very few funds in reserve online and since I had just wrote a big check to the taxman, I didn’t really want to redeposit at the time.  I decided to put the rest, which was less than a thousand, into my Full Tilt account with no regard for bankroll management. After a day of grinding I was back up to around 5k thanks to some decent scores. By the end of the week I had gotten my account up to a respectable 10k by playing only mid stakes mtts with a few high stakes ones mixed in, and grinding out those $24 tokens that FTP puts into your account when you finish well in the tournament leaderboards for the month. There’s another lesson for you guys, bankroll management is way overrated. Well not exactly, but sometimes you have to be willing to take risks if you wanna move up in the game.
That’s all for now, I’ll keep you guys up with all the drama of the situation as it gets resolved. Hopefully you guys learned a lesson from my stupidity. You don’t wanna wake up with $.03 in your account, trust me.

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