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Famous Instances of Players Cheating During Poker Tournaments

Mar 302015
 By , March 30, 2015

Poker tournaments don’t always attract the most honest people, shall we say…

Poker tournaments have grown in popularity over the last few years, and it is now the most played card game on the planet – with a number of reasons contributing to the rise of the game. Many have tried, and failed, to make a living from poker, but some do succeed and win large sums of money after developing their skills.

Jonathan Duhamel, poker tournamentsWhen starting up, a large number of people use Euro Palace to play the best casino games online and their version of video poker is phenomenal for those looking to get to grips with the basics of five-card draw poker – although they do not currently host poker tournaments. However, some players enjoy winning too much and try to cheat their way to victory. We take a look at some examples of poker players that have been caught cheating throughout the modern history of the game.

Phil Ivey

The top poker player took Crockfords Club to court, after their parent owner – Genting Casinos UK – refused to pay Ivey £7.7 million worth of winnings after it was revealed that the 38-year-old had been sued for using an ‘edge sorting technique’ in a version of baccarat called Punto Banco. The casino claimed that this was not a legitimate method of playing the game, and had no liability to pay the American. Fortunately for Ivey, his £1 million stake was refunded, but that will have been little consolation to a man who just lost £7.7 million.

poker tournamentsDarren Woods

Woods made over £1 million by rigging poker games and cheating other players during a five year period between 2007 and 2012. He was the mastermind behind a major poker fraud – in which he played as a number of ‘different’ gamblers at the same time – and was jailed for 15 months and ordered to pay back the remaining money that he owed. Although the evidence has shown that the 29-year-old was guilty, he remains adamant of his innocence and, as recently as January 2015, he claims that he was the ‘victim and not the criminal.’

Mihai Lacatos

The Romanian admitted to 14 counts of fraud after he was caught marking cards at various poker tournaments across the United Kingdom. Lacatos’ actions – which took place throughout a six year period – banked him thousands of pounds, and involved using fade documents in order to stay untracked. He would bend and dent cards in the deck, which allowed him to recognize the hand his opponent was holding. According to reports, Lacatos pleaded guilty immediately on arrest at Luton Airport where he was captured trying to flee the country.

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