JJProdigy issues apology to poker community

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Look out Caribbean Adventure; here comes JJProdigy.

Josh Field, better known as JJProdigy, posted an apology to the poker community over the weekend for his episodes of cheating on poker sites.

Field posted his apology at a few online poker forums, including 2+2, where he then took the time to answer a few questions about his post as well.

His apology concerned his having been caught multi-accounting a few years ago on PokerStars and PartyPoker. Both sites banned him from playing there once it was discovered that he was cheating.

According to Field, PartyPoker confiscated the money he had in his account when he was caught. PokerStars let him keep the money, but from what he could remember it wasn't much.

JJProdigy has been associated with several multi-accounting scandals since then, either directly or indirectly.

In his apology, he wrote:

It's hard to pick out where to start. The past few years, I have been forced to go underground and stay mysterious. It's not something I really chose, but it was something forced upon me. I was fourteen turning fifteen, and I was much too immature to handle the situation (ABlackCar incident, and the underage violations that followed). I am almost embarrassed reading my posts about the situation, but I realize that I was still very young at the time. I don't mean to use this as an excuse, but I was clueless. Ever since that day, I have been forced to stay under the surface.

After all that happened, I was banned from PokerStars and PartyPoker, and all my accounts were closed for being underage. My immaturity again was working against me. I didn't think what I was doing was wrong. After that, it was a downward spiral. I was a fugitive in the online poker world. I used the reasoning "if I'm already a wanted man, I might as well maximize my value." It was terrible logic, but it made sense to me then.

I continued to back players and continued meeting more people. This wasn't easy for me, since I knew I had to watch who I trusted. I couldn't leave the game, there was just no way. I had to be playing, I had to be involved. I don't think you could call it an obsession, as much as a passion. I loved the game so deeply that I would play it at any cost. I'd use screen names of people I hardly knew, which ended up in me getting screwed over multiple times. For some reason, I never cared. The money never mattered to me; I was just in love with the game.

Throughout this period, I could really see myself growing up. Well, during the time I didn't, but now I can see it. I started getting more conscious about playing on sites that I had already been shut away from. It had begun to tear me apart inside. It was a confliction between my own growing maturity and my childish passion for the game, and my childish passion was winning. Accounts were getting closed, people were trying to take money from me, but I kept playing full force. I regret it, but I understand my position. I still don't fully understand myself, but I didn't care about the money, the drama, anything really. I just wanted to keep playing the game. I was stubborn and ignorant to what I was doing.

Transition to present time. I do believe I have matured and developed a sense of morals and personal ethics. I was always too scared to apologize to the community, mostly due to the fact I didn't think what I was doing was wrong. I finally realize now that I was cheating completely. I neglected my fellow poker players and cheated a wonderful thing we have with online poker. I betrayed a community I cared so much about all for selfish reasons. It shames me to think about it. I did it for so long, and I never had the courage to quit and admit what I was doing was wrong.

So, I write this to officially apologize to the community. I apologize to the people that have been close to me and have been given a negative name due to my actions. I apologize to all the players I played with under unknown names and gave myself an unfair advantage. I give my word that I will never multi-account again, and I will not play online until I am 18. I apologize to the sites that I unfairly took advantage of. I don't expect to be forgiven right away, but I hope I can earn the forgiveness of the community, the sites, and even my friends.

The apology has been met with some skepticism in the online poker community, especially considering the timing.

Field will turn 18 in January. In later posts on 2+2 he revealed that he will be venturing into live poker tournaments in the coming month, including the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure and the Aussie Millions.

Some forum members have said perhaps JJProdigy isn't really sorry, but is instead trying to avoid confrontation when he shows up to play at the live tournaments.

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