Controversial Poker Coach Jason Ho Ousted From StoxPokerFebruary 5, 2010 10:40 am
StoxPoker is a respected online poker training site specialising in low- to mid-level stakes games. As well as boasting a team of top class poker instructors, including Dusty “Leatherass” Schmidt, the training site also has a stable of video poker coaches of which Jason Ho was a member.
Recently Jason Ho has been making a few poker headlines but unfortunately for all the wrong reasons. Away from his duties as a StoxPoker video coach, Ho had been busy moonlighting and promoting his services as a private instructional coach claiming to have earned more than $1 million in 2008 alone.
However, his lessons seem to have had a far from positive effect on his students’ games, resulting in more and more disgruntled players airing their Ho related grievances on the StoxPoker and TwoPlusTwo forums.
Firstly, many initial allegations posted bring into question his claim to have made $1 million plus in 2008, when it appears he was going through bankruptcy early that year, with an ‘Unfit Conduct’ case concluding:
“Between April 2007 and 15 February 2008 the bankrupt incurred losses of at least £37,848.53 through gambling on the internet, whilst insolvent on a cash-flow and balance-sheet basis, materially contributing to and increasing the extent of his bankruptcy debts.”
What followed on the forums were long lists of protracted posts recounting negative experiences with Ho, claiming he “shouts down and berates his students,” invites other pupils to join “one on one” lessons, provided just seven hours of coaching spread over a week for a $7,000 fee, and sold another a $2,000 poker guide resulting in that player losing $5,000 over 400,000 hands. The same guide was later deemed “dangerous, unplayable and full of wrong information” by a DeucesCracked coach.
As the list continues to grow, StoxPoker has now distanced themselves from the controversial Jason Ho and announced he is no longer with the training site. In his blog Dusty “Leatherass” Schmidt even says:
“While talking to him on the phone we started talking about what we would do in certain situations and I thought his advice was ridiculous so I didn’t work with him again. He was advocating some of the stupidest stuff, and I had a very hard time believing he was a good poker player. He later tried to get me to transfer him my entire database of hands which I declined…I am sure glad I didn’t involve myself with him more than that single playing “lesson” where he just basically taught me what a mediocre poker player he was.”
Note that this article summarizes allegations made against Ho and in no way confirms or denies said allegations.