By Matt Kaufman, Rakeback.com Poker News Staff Writer
Team UB Pro Prahlad Friedman publicly accused Justin Bonomo and Isaac Haxton of sharing an account in order to cheat. Prahlad made the following statements on Twitter (in multiple tweets, condensed here):
@PrahladFriedman - "Isaac Haxton and Justin Bonomo share and switch accounts often. Was playing random guy and looked up his stats. Identical to Hax. Haxton knows I don't want to play him head up. So scummy. Beware of their scummy tactics. They have been doing this to me for years. No more."
In response to criticism that the accusations were made with too little evidence to support them, Prahlad decided to clarify his reasoning, again on Twitter (and in several tweets):
@PrahladFriedman - "XXTRMSK8RX was super easy to bluff, beat him for a lot. The very next day its impossible to bluff him and he beats me for a lot, no problem right. But then I look up the stats and its identical to Haxton. Haxton has a UB account right now, but he didn't play on that account. It's no coincidence that I just ran into Haxton at Panorama Towers and told him I've been playing only on UB. I told him 'I won't play you though.' XXTRMSK8RX is for sure Haxton and the dramatic style change is indicative of when I played 'zeejustin' on Full Tilt. Same exact thing happened. Playing zeejustin was easy at first on Full Tilt then there was a dramatic style change and he beat me for a lot. That was Haxton beating me. I give credit to Haxton for being a great player, but I don't want to play him heads up. He knows this. Yet he finds ways to play me."
Hours later, Bonomo responded to the accusation in a tweet of his own:
@JustinBonomo - "@PrahladFriedman Your accusations are completely baseless. Twitter is not the place to discuss this."
Alongside those statements, Bonomo included a link to his lengthy response at the Two Plus Two Forums. In it he states that he and Haxton have never played on each others accounts. Furthermore, in defense of his own capabilities as a player, he issued Prahlad a challenge:
"To Prah I issue a live battleship style heads up challenge. 3+ tables, minimum stakes 25/50. If you agree to play 10,000+ hands of 50/100, I will personally fly to LA to play you in person. If that number is too large, I offer you a few other options. You are welcome to stay in my apartment in Las Vegas (guest master bedroom, all yours) if it means you will play me HU. Naturally that is a lot to ask, so instead you could have a mutually trusted friend sweat the match from my apartment . . . Prahlad must either accept this challenge, or give both of us a public apology."
Prahlad has not yet responded to either the challenge or the rest of Bonomo's post, but fans of poker drama eagerly await his next statement. Speaking on behalf of railbirds everywhere, I have my fingers crossed that such a challenge occurs. After making his accusations as publicly and boldly as he did, it would seem fitting for Prahlad to put his money where his mouth is.
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