Stox Poker's Nick Grudzien Resigns Over Cheating ScandalMarch 24, 2010 12:34 pm
Poker pro and Stox Poker founder Nick “StoxTrader” Grudzien, has resigned from the online poker training site after rumours surfaced about him using multiple accounts on both Full Tilt Poker and PokerStars.
The accusations, which were first levelled against Grudzien a few weeks ago on the twoplustwo poker forum, included multi-accounting and collusion. Despite now acknowledging he played on Full Tilt Poker as ‘StoxTrader’ and ’40Putts’, and on PokerStars as ‘StoxTrader’ and ‘knockstiff’, he vehemently denies any accusations of collusion.
Following his admission Grudzien announced his resignation and explained: “Since I have admitted to breaking the TOS of stars and ftp I don’t plan on playing any poker until I receive communication from the pokersites that it is ok to do so. At no point have I ever colluded. This is a categorical denial without exceptions.”
Other accusation which were made against Nick Grudzien by high stakes pro David “Viffer” Peat included short-stacking and rat-holing. Both these practices are not actually deemed as cheating, but are highly frowned upon by the poker community and are considered poor poker etiquette.
Grudzien has now admitted to multi-accounting, rat-holing and short-stacking, and later the same day, wrote, “It is with a heavy heart that I must announce my resignation as a stoxpoker coach today.” He also agreed to sell his shares in Stoxpoker.com as part of a damage limitation exercise for the site.
In the meantime, despite inviting both PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker to thoroughly investigate him if they believe he had been colluding, he is refusing to post his hand histories or allow his hands to be analyzed independently.
Other poker pros to rock the boat of StoxPoker and its parent company Cardrunners recently, include Brian Hastings, whose data-mining of Isildur1 allowed fellow Cardrunners coach Brian Hastings to win over $4 million from the unsuspecting Swede. Also, Stox Poker instructor Jason Ho was fired recently for misrepresenting his abilities and scamming money out of unsuspecting site members.