Poker Cheat Tekintamgac Gets Three Years Behind Bars

Poker Cheat Tekintamgac Gets Three Years Behind BarsGerman player of Turkish origins Ali Tekintamgac has just been handed a three years and five months prison sentence after pleading guilty to being the mastermind behind a poker cheating ring. The Augsburg District Court in Germany made its decision based on allegations of repeated cheating by Tekintamgac at poker tournaments across the globe, as well as other live poker table.
Ali Tekintamgac first came under the poker community’s gaze in 2010, when he took down the €3,500 WPT Spanish Championship for €278,000 ($343,307). At the time Tekintamgac said he had only played in a handful of major live tournaments, but was now looking forward to showcasing his skills at the World Series of Poker Main Event.
Unfortunately those skills involved reading the signals sent to him by fake live bloggers at the events, who would then relay information to him on the other players’ hole cards.
However, Tekintamgac’s cheating ways eventually caught up with him at the €8,500 Partouche Poker Tour Cannes, where he made it all the way to the final table with a €1.3m ($1,823,430) top prize awaiting the ultimate winner. Tekintamgac even progressed to fourth in chips before video footage was produced showing his cheating, and leading to his disqualification from the event.
Incredibly, while awaiting his court case, the Turkish/German poker cheat had the gall to use the free ticket he earned from his WPT Spanish Championship “victory” to enter the $25,000 buy-in WPT Championship. Not surprisingly, his presence in the tournament caused an uproar amongst the other players, with Daniel Negreanu confronting Tekintamgac at one stage. Negreanu later tweeted:
“Ali Tekimtamgac who was caught cheating in Partouche is in #WPTChamp I called him out, and floor told ME I can’t do that! When will we learn.”
During his recent court trial, the Augsburg District Court learned Tekintamgac’s cheating ring included a large number of accomplices, including several casino employees. One of those cheats, known as “Andy”, fortunately provided enough information to avoid jail time and ensure Ali Tekintamgac received his just desserts.

Poker News
08 May 2018
Best selling author Maria Konnikova, famous for such books as How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes (2013) and The Confidence Game (2016), decided to turn her psychology and writing skills towards the subject of poker in early 2017. At the time, though, the Harvard University educated Ph.D. in psychology admitted to not even knowing how
01 May 2018
Last Tuesday, US-facing poker site Americas Cardroom (ACR) was targeted by a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack which crippled the site’s traffic, ultimately leading to a cancellation of the tournaments it was running at the time. After working to resolve the issue, another cyber attack was then launched against ACR on Sunday, meaning that
10 Apr 2018
Here is a round-up of some of the latest poker news to make the headlines over the past few days, including a poker pro scamming travelers out of money, a controversial late half-price offer being made for the HPT Main Event at the Westgate Las Vegas, and Doug Polk finally being blocked from accessing Daniel
29 Mar 2018
Last week, Francisco Vallejo Pons, a Spanish chess Grandmaster, pulled out of the European Individual Championship in Batumi, Georgia having made it through to the competition’s fifth round. Vallejo had previously won the event in 2013, and was this year’s fourth placed seed, with the tournament acting as an important qualifier for the 2019 Chess