Jose ‘Girah’ Macedo Now Facing Severe Legal ChargesAugust 19, 2011 3:34 am
It would seem that the scandal involving the so-called Portuguese poker prodigy Jose ‘Girah’ Macedo is not about to simply go away anytime soon, after his former sponsor Lock Poker announced there would be severe legal consequences to his actions.
Jose ‘Girah’ Macedo was fired from Lock Poker and his account banned permanently after it was revealed that he had scammed more than $30,000 out of players he was supposed to be training in a super-user type con.
However, this was the second scandal involving Macedo since joining the site and this time it would seem Lock Poker are determined to pursue a legal course against the fallen star. As Lock Poker Room Manager Eric Lynch commented via the TwoPlusTwo forum:
“Lock is currently pursuing legal action against Jose so we are unable to make a substantial comment at this time. We do realize that ongoing silence can lead to people jumping to conclusions. What happened goes against the very core of our player based philosophy and we intend on exercising our legal rights in the most severe degree. We will keep you updated as things progress.”
“It’s [lawsuit] being filed in the near future, once it is the details of what exactly the purpose is will become clearer. There is still some due diligence that must be done first, but I advised it would be better to comment as best we could for now rather than stay silent.”
The poker community will now be looking forward with interest to any further details that may come to light following a potential lawsuit. At the heart of the mystery will be whether Jose ‘Girah’ Macedo ever was actually an extraordinary poker talent, or whether his $30 to $2 million story was part of an elaborate scam cooked up by himself and now disgraced poker pro Haseeb Qureshi.
This argument has gained a lot more ground recently after it was revealed that Haseeb Qureshi had been lying about Macedo’s poker results, had fake-posted’ on forums on Macedo’s behalf, had played on Macedo’s poker account and had chip-dumped $100k to him resulting in Macedo winning a highly-publicised poker competition at Lock poker, before later being disqualified.