Possible cheater caught at Full Tilt Poker

In yet another online poker world scandal, the winner of one of the bigger monthly tournaments has been stripped of his championship title and winnings. And, it's rumored, a top online pro has been banned due to his association with the rescinded victory.

Approximately a month ago, "BluffMagCV," an alias allegedly used by a Bluff Magazine employee named Chris Vaughn, made a rare double win by taking down the Full Tilt Poker $1 Million Guaranteed tournament and, the next weekend, the PokerStars' Sunday $1 Million Guaranteed event.

The first victory, however, has engendered the most discussion.

After he received an e-mail from Full Tilt, European poker pro Soren Kongsgaard, who was the runner-up in the tournament in question, stated that he had been elevated to the first-place money because BluffMagCV had passed off the play of his account to another person.

The player who took over the BluffMagCV account is allegedly Sorel "Imper1um" Mizzi, who routinely terrorizes the online tournament world and has also enjoyed great success as a live tournament player in 2007 with approximately $500,000 in winnings.

Word on 2+2 and other online forums has it that both BluffMagCV and Mizzi have both been banned from further play at Full Tilt while security staff there conduct an investigation. There have also been some rumblings in the forums about the win at PokerStars, but no action has been taken with regard to that outcome.

Playing in these large-field, high-dollar tournaments is grueling. On most occasions, a tournament can start in the afternoon East Coast time and in the early evening in Europe. Because of the size of the field, it can stretch well into the wee hours of the next day. This means players focused on a healthy win have no alternative but to remain chained to their computers for the better part of half a day.

To reduce the temptation for players to resort to tag-teaming in order to last into the late goings, online rooms could take the route of splitting these types of tournaments into two-day events. Nowhere in the live poker world are players subjected to playing in such an important tournament without the benefit of rest at some point.

Most of the time, events as important as these are scheduled as two-day tournaments at the minimum. Not only players but also the online rooms themselves would benefit from switching to such an arrangement.

That said, however, poker players are learning the hard way that the online poker rooms are now being extremely vigilant in enforcing the one-user, one-account principle. As "BluffMagCV" and Mizzi are now allegedly aware, trying to put one over on the online poker rooms has just become a lot harder.

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About Earl Burton

A former United States Marine, Earl has been playing poker for almost thirty years and writing about the game for the last five. He covered the 2005 and 2006 World Series of Poker and has also been tableside for multiple World Poker Tour championship tournaments as well as other smaller events. He constantly keeps his finger on the pulse of the tournament poker world and the players that are a part of it.

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Eric Fellers 2012-08-13 06:23:14

I do not see any harm in people sharing an account. It is still boils down to a person making a decision with his cards and risking a Buy-in. By not paying them what they earned is the same as robbing them. They cannot tell the future and in any game if there is an edge you are suppose to take it. This technically is not cheating, and should be allowed. What is cheating though is two players on two separate accounts chip dumping. I believe the rule is primarily in place to protect people from getting money stolen from their accounts by their "friend", but ironically, in this situation, the thief seems to be the Casino. After all they did earn it.

Andrew Kay 2012-08-05 10:24:37

I am not disagreeing about online poker sites, but if you notice the number of hands dealt every minute (6-8000) and if you just happen to be sitting in the wrong seat, there are millions of permutations that can occur. Pocket AA get beat 1 out of 8 times. Based on that there can be 1000 bad beats per minute,

ftp robbed me 2012-03-19 22:35:58

im just like you lot i shove all my chips in because i have an ace in my hand and fuck me i lost , must be rigged must be a fix how could it be possible that i dident hit my card it must be one big scam why would anyone call against me its not like theres any other cards in the deck other than aces

Bullshit detector 2012-03-19 22:24:56

@ DOOMSWITCHDAN
You type some shit what a tool you are

i laugh at your sob storys dry ya eyes you bunch of cry babys 2012-03-19 22:18:54

@ JUNO mate just face it your shit @ the game try golf

FullTilt 2012-03-19 22:12:02

lol @ you lot , and here was me thinking i was good at poker after winning 7850 on ftp and it turns out ftp scammed you all so a newbie like me could win with my crap hands and bad shoves

so as i ride my new R1 ill remember how ftp risked there multi billion $ company so all the best players could lose and all the donkeys could cash out

or and this is just my opinon maybe most of you are just shit at the game and would be better taking up knitting as you seem to moan like old ladys

mike pendlebery 2012-02-01 09:44:50

Remember guys "A fool and his money are soon parted"
Anyone who thinks that these sites were built on ethics should read Mark Twain, Let's be thankful for the fools in life, without them the rest of us could not succeed"
atimont

ledzilla 2011-10-02 11:24:38

"Possible cheater caught at Full Tilt Poker".... ooooh yes and their names are lederer, feguson. All the while people were bleating on about FT being rigged, possible cheaters with software programs to read the cards bla bla bla.. ooooh nooo it was much more mallicious than that.. all the time they were covering up their debts and pulled off the biggest poker heist in the world that makes the oceans series look like a raid on the pick n mix sweet section. A bigger demon was on the horizon and everyones money was pinched in all one go....hahah.

T1000 2011-09-23 19:46:47

TO BAD

Howard Lederer 2011-07-26 21:56:52

Hey doomswitchdan... i had my greasy finger on that button and i milked you harder than a freaking cow. Now Ive got a whole lot more with FT circling down the pan. giving a poker site to a failed poker player is like giving a sweet shop to a fat greedy kid... yeeehaaaa!!!

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