One of the first players in the game of poker to start a training website has admitted to multi-accounting on the two biggest online poker sites. Nick Gruzdien, who is also known as “Stoxtrader” online and in the 2+2 forums, faded multiple accusations on said forums for days before finally admitting to possessing more than one player account on PokerStars and Full Tilt, and soon after resigning from StoxPoker.
Grudzien founded StoxPoker, one of the most trusted poker training sites on the internet, and hired coaches like Ed Miller and Matt Matros to round out a diverse staff of trainers. His experience in poker, especially the online variety, was respected, and his knowledge of the game was not only touted through his online successes but through the authoring of a poker strategy book. But the current scandal has not only prompted him to resign his position at StoxPoker but vow to take an “indefinite break from playing any poker at all.”
The accusations came from a member of the 2+2 forums named David “Viffers” Peat, and Grudzien was charged with playing on multiple accounts online, colluding with other players, and soft-playing them as well. With quite a bit of energy surrounding the accusations, Grudzien decided to post his own responses on 2+2.
On March 17, Grudzien, posting as stoxtrader, wrote a post to address each allegation. As far as collusion, he said, “At no point have I ever colluded. This is a categorical denial without exceptions.” With regard to multiple accounts, he detailed that he played for four years on one account at Full Tilt Poker and one at PokerStars, but in January of 2010, he created a new account on each and played on them for approximately one month while ignoring his other accounts. He admitted to breaking the Terms of Service on those sites and vowed not to play on the sites until the results of requested investigations by those sites were complete. “FTP and PokerStars are aware of the allegations and I have encouraged them to do a full and thorough investigation to confirm that what I say is completely accurate,” he wrote.
But it only took one day for Grudzien to make more personal decisions about the situation. He posted a statement on 2+2 that began, “It is with a heavy heart that I must announce my resignation as a StoxPoker coach today. I have put the company in a difficult position given the recent negative publicity surrounding my breaking poker sites terms of service, and refusal to publicly explain my January 2010 account switch.” After stating that he intended to take the aforementioned indefinite break from poker, he continued, “Because of this, StoxPoker and I will be parting ways.” He apologized for breaking the rules of the poker sites by setting up multiple accounts and noted that he hopes to one day return to StoxPoker and the 2+2 forums.