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PokerStars bans JJProdigy from Caribbean event
Josh Field may have intended to play in the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure starting on Saturday, but PokerStars had its own plans for the notorious online player known as JJProdigy.
Field is permanently banned from playing online at PokerStars, and it appears the poker site has decided to extend that ban to its live events as well.
Last week Field issued an apology on a few different poker forums. He said he was sorry for the multi-accounting that led to his ban from PokerStars as well as from PartyPoker, and for other inappropriate activity in the online poker world.
Field is now turning 18 just in time to enter the live tournament world at the PCA. However, once he announced he was going to be there, many online players and media sources asked PokerStars about the matter since it's their sponsored tournament.
One response from the poker site has been posted in several forums and other locations online:
Thank you for your e-mail.
PokerStars management has decided to extend player's JJProdigy current ban to the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) event.
If you have any further questions, please let me know.
Jacob, PokerStars Support Manager
The situation has raised some other questions as well. Will all players who've been banned from PokerStars also not be allowed to play in the poker site's live events?
A specific example online players are giving is that of ZeeJustin, aka Justin Bonomo. Bonomo was also caught multi-accounting and was banned. He has since transitioned to live play with great success, including two World Poker Tour cashes and three cashes at the 2007 World Series of Poker.
The difference between ZeeJustin and JJProdigy, however, is that ZeeJustin stopped multi-accounting and worked hard to restore his online reputation. JJProdigy continues to try to get away with cheating and issued his apology just in time to make his debut in the live poker world.
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