Edit: Brian Townsend (Not Hastings) Loses Full Tilt Pro Status In T&C ScandalDecember 21, 2009 11:46 am
Following an update from Full Tilt Poker, this article has been amended. It is now clear Brian Townsend has been banned, whilst Brian Hastings and Cole South were not found to have breached the company’s rules. An extract from a Full Tilt Poker e-mail reads:
“It is fully acceptable for players to discuss strategy, and in this instance these players did discuss hands, an opponent and a strategy to play against this opponent. However, when the games are played there was only one player making decisions regarding the hand. Based on our findings, the sole breach of our site rules was by Brian Townsend who was found in violation of our rules regarding datamining. While he did violate our rules, he is receiving a punishment that is harsher than our standard response in these situations. We now consider this matter closed and all parties involved in the situation have been made aware of our decision.”
Isildur1 represented a major draw to the virtual felts of Full Tilt Poker, and packed in the rail-birds by the thousands as they gathered to watch this exciting new high stakes player, who was willing to lay his entire bankroll on the line in order to compete at the highest level against the very best.
Unfortunately for the mystery Swede, he ended up losing around $4 million to Card Runners’ Brian Hastings over the course of a day’s play, which effectively wiped out his entire Full Tilt bankroll.
However, Brian Hasting’s subsequent admission that he shared extensive hand histories with fellow Cardrunners members Brian Townsend and Cole South, in order to gain an advantage over Isildur1, has now brought into question the whole validity of his win.
According to Full Tilt Poker’s Terms and Conditions, “Players are not permitted to use the hand histories for hands that they have not personally participated in. Software designed to collect hand history information from games that the player did not participate in is prohibited.”
Full Tilt Poker has already taken some action in the matter, following Hasting’s earnest revelation, and he has had his FTP poker pro status revoked for a month. Prior to Hasting’s ban, Brian Townsend, in his regular Cardrunners blog, had jumped to his colleagues defense and posted these comments:
“I wanted to clear up some allegations about Brian Hastings, Cole South and myself. First Brian H. Cole S and myself never colluded. Collusion is nearly impossible HU but there was always one person playing and never any ghosting occurring. In fact the only person to break the T&C of FullTilt Poker was myself. I had about 20k hands of play on Isildur and I acquired another 30k hands. This is against the T&C of FullTilt Poker and because of this violation I am going to have my red pro status suspended for one month.”
As the story continues to develop, the poker community is left wondering what action, if any, will be taken by Full Tilt Poker to compensate one of the most exciting, big game customers ever to take to their virtual felts. Watch this space.