Poker Integrity Council cheater blacklist launchedJuly 6, 2022 10:32 pm
GGPoker is teaming up with several poker series to launch the Poker Integrity Council. The goal of the new council is to stop what it calls rampant cheating in poker and inflict real consequences on those caught cheating.
The founding council members include five well-known and respected poker pros. Those five include Jason Koon, Fedor Holz, Andrew Lichtenberger, Seth Davies, and Nick Petrangelo. According to a release issued by the council they will be looking to expand the number of people on the council in the future.
How will Poker Integrity Council cheater blacklist work?
The members of the council will investigate integrity issues on a case-by-case basis. If an online poker player at GGPoker is flagged for potential cheating council members will review hand histories and make a disciplinary ruling if one is warranted.
The punishment enforced through a disciplinary ruling can vary dependant on the seriousness of the violation, but can include a warning, account suspension, ban from the site, and confiscation of funds. For those banned from the site it has serious consequences as the council is working with major pokers series to extend that bans to live tournaments.
Some of the series partnering with the Poker Integrity Council include:
World Series of Poker
World Poker Tour
Poker After Dark
High Stakes Poker
Super High Roller Bowl
Asian Poker Tour
Rungood Poker Series
UK Poker Championships
Ace Poker League
Battle of Malta
Luxon Pay Mediterranean Poker Party
The creation of the council comes at a time when several high roller poker players have face cheating accusations, including Bryn Kenney, Jake Schindler, and Ali Imsirovic. All three played in the World Series of Poker this year which drew contempt from several other poker pros.
The same week they launch of the council was announced PokerStars also announced that anyone banned from their site for cheating would also be banned from live poker events run by PokerStars.