Sorel Mizzi PokerStars Ban: "I Was Being Sneaky and I Got Caught"August 19, 2016 12:47 pm
Sorel Mizzi is an accomplished pro with a whopping $11,209,348 in live tournament earnings, as well as a further $3,629,575 won online playing under the screen name Imper1um. Unfortunately, Mizzi has also shown that he is not averse to flaunting the rules from time to time, and following the latest controversy to hit him the Canadian pro has now been banned from playing at PokerStars for at least “a couple of years”.
Sorel Mizzi’s ban relates to an incident which occurred in September 2015 during the World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) Main Event. Regulated online poker is currently banned in the US outside of three states, and even then the individual state’s player pools are kept separate from one another, and from the rest of the world. Nevertheless, while in the US Sorel Mizzi entered the WCOOP Main Event using someone else’s online account, whilst also utilizing a Virtual Private Network (VPN) to disguise his location.
Mizzi even managed to make the final table of the $5,200 WCOOP Main Event, and furthermore his close friend Rory Brown was there, too. Brown then apparently discussed final table strategy with Mizzi and the different reads he had on each of the players at the table, unaware of the fact one of those finalists, bindernutnut, was Mizzi himself. Ironically, in the end bindernutnut was eliminated in 9th for $100,000, while Rory “Mr.Kingball” Brown went on to cash in 6th place for $273,000.
Needless to say, Mizzi’s multi-accounting, disguising his identity from fellow competitors, and violation of PokerStars‘ terms and conditions has landed him in hot water once again, leading to his latest ban. Commenting on the incident, an unrepentant Mizzi explained:
“I was being sneaky and I got caught and it sucks. Do I feel terribly guilty about doing this?” To be honest, no not really.”
This is not Sorel Mizzi first transgression, and the player has been banned from online poker sites before, including Full Tilt in 2007, and PokerStars in 2008.