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Splashing The Pot – PokerStars 2nd Place Finisher Under Investigation, Isildur1 returns, Much more…

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Sunday Million’s 2nd Place Finisher Accused of Cheating

On February 3 a post on TwoPlusTwo was started that has generated a lot of interest in the poker world (Note: Some posts in this thread are not suitable for work).  It turns out that this week’s second place finisher in the Sunday Millions, Celofyz33, may be in violation of PokerStars Terms of Service, and may have to forfeit his or her $332,540 prize.   

The accusations stem from Celofyz33 indicating that s/he is a woman on one poker strategy forum, but then shortly after the second place finish, posting in a blog (posting as a male) about his score.  What makes this story even more interesting is that the blog this information comes from belongs to a well known Polish professional named Rafel Arendt. 

It’s believed that Arendt may have created this account for a female relative who subsequently never used it or used it very little.  While Arendt wasn’t multi-accounting in the same tournament, it would go against PokerStars TOS as it states that each account can only be used by the person it was created for.  Even if he didn’t blatantly cheat he still broke a pretty standard rule, and may suffer a $332,540 penalty for it.  If this were to happen each person would move up one spot, as if Arendt had never even entered the tournament.  Here are a few people that would benefit substantially if that were to take place: 

As of this writing PokerStars has yet to make an official ruling on these accusations.  

Mysterious High Stakes Legend “Isildur1” Appearing Once Again

Perhaps no other player in the history of high stakes online poker has created such a following as Isildur1, and the funny thing is nobody knows a thing about him.  For months he got the better of the likes of Phil Ivey, Gus Hansen, and Brian Townsend, before surrendering nearly all of it back, but not without controversy. Coincidently, it is also the second time Townsend has served a suspension on Full Tilt.
 
Many predicted Isildur1 would be back after licking his wounds (and replenishing his bankroll) and as of the beginning of this week, they were right.  On February 1, Isildur1 played 25/50 Pot Limit Omaha, but wasn’t able to recreate his magic of just a few months ago, losing close to $5,000 on the day.  However, on February 4, Isildur1 engaged in a chat with a railbird suggesting that it wouldn’t be too long before he would be seen at the 500/1000 tables, and even proved he had the money for it by sitting at a 25/50 game with over 1.6 million dollars.  In addition, he was asked if he would play Hastings again, and he replied “yeah sure.”  It seems exciting times for high stakes fans are right around the corner.  At the time of this conversation he claimed to be drunk, but you can’t fake 1.6 million dollars. 

In addition to playing on Full-Tilt once again, there is a rumor he has been playing under the name “Omlphalotus” on BetFair.  On Betfair this player has been playing 50/100, 100/200 and 250/500 Pot Limit Omaha.
 
PokerStars and Full Tilt Donate Millions in Haiti Earthquake Relief Effort

Last week the Poker Players Alliance (PPA) announced that online poker rooms had contributed upwards of 1.5 million dollars to the Haiti relief effort.  However, the contributions haven’t stopped there.

It turns out that PokerStars alone nearly matched that figure, with their contribution of just under 1.5 million.  PokerStars matched the contributions of over $700,000 to make that figure.  PokerStars has announced that all of the money donated will be sent immediately to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

Full Tilt Poker also matched the donations 100 percent, amassing over $659,000.  Full Tilt will be splitting the money between Red Cross, Doctors Without Borders, and UNICEF.

Borgata Winter Open Wrapping Up Soon

There were concerns from event organizers that the bad weather on the East Coast would keep players away from Atlantic City for the Borgata Winter Open festivities, but that wasn’t the case.  The Main Event attracted 766 runners paying their $3,500 buy-in for their shot at the $2 million dollar guaranteed prize pool. 

Action is down to two tables, with some big names vying for the top prize.  Among the most notable is Jeff Madsen, who has been near the top of the leaderboard since the start of the tournament.  By the time you read this the players remaining will most likely be at the final table, fighting it out for one of the premier East Coast poker championships. 

MasterCard Prohibits Online Poker and Casino Related Deposits

On February 3rd it was announced that MasterCard has prohibited their credit card to be used for any form of online gambling deposits.  The term “prohibits” can be loosely based here, because in reality MasterCard was able to figure out how gambling websites were coding their cards to make them possible for that kind of transaction.  In other words, MasterCard has never wanted to be associated with online gambling.  A similar event happened a couple of years ago, but in just a matter of months online gambling websites were able to once again decode MasterCard and made them one of the available ways to deposit. 

Seemingly since the creation of online gambling there has been a back and forth between credit card companies and online gambling websites, with the gambling websites usually staying one step ahead.  However, this hasn’t stopped some from fearing that Visa will soon follow, as they too would wish not to be associated with any form of online gambling.  This of course means that two of the biggest credit card companies (and easiest way to deposit funds) would no longer be options.
 
February 9th Freerolls Offer Combined $3000 in Prizes

Poker players will have a great opportunity for two freerolls on February 9th.  The first will take place on Winner Poker at 7:35 p.m. ET with a prize pool of $1000.  Just one hour later PokerWorks and BetFred bring you a freeroll with a prize pool of $2000.  That’s right, in just a few hours time you can try for your share of $3000 worth of prize pools with the unbeatable price of absolutely free.

Make sure to check out the PokerWorks tournament page, as freerolls are being added regularly.

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