By Ian Hiaring, Rakeback.com Poker News Staff Writer
A cheater is a cheater, regardless of the means or methods used. Cheating has been around as long as the game of poker. The days of marked cards, crooked dealers and hand signals have been replaced in the online world with superuser accounts and collusion.
The latest scandal involving cheating in the online poker world involves Portuguese player José ‘Girah’ Macedo, who had been known as solid high stakes player that was a Pro for Lock Poker.
Macedo was a member of a strategy group that used a combination of online chatting and live viewing of each others' sessions for training purposes. Last month Macedo convinced other members of the strategy group to play ‘sauron1989’ heads-up while watching the sessions.
After some detective work by a few members of the group, it became quite clear that sauron1989 was either Macedo himself playing under a different username, or at least someone who was very close to Macedo.
During the investigation, but after a point in which the players knew they had been scammed, Macedo confessed to the cheating. He promised to pay back all money won plus compensation for the time spent in unearthing the cheating.
It appears that Macedo has been dropped from Lock Poker’s roster of sponsored players at this point, although there hasn’t been an official statement from the company at the time of this writing.
The lesson to be learned here is to know that whenever you’re opening up your sessions to be viewed by anyone, trusted or not, you’re opening yourself up to being scammed.
The entire story with detail (and the admission of guilt from Macedo) can be seen on 2+2 here (as well as the usual fair share of snarky follow-up comments).
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