Ali Imsirovic “Unremorseful” after Addressing Cheating Allegations
- Ali Imsirovic recently addressed the cheating allegations made against him
- He admitted to multi-accounting but denied claims he used RTA online and cheated during live events
- Fellow pros think Imsirovic showed no remorse for his actions
Ali Imsirovic is back in the headlines after breaking his silence on the cheating allegations thrown against him over the past year.
For the first time ever, the Bosnian-American poker pro publicly addressed the accusations via a 28-minute YouTube video. While he confessed to engaging in an illegal practice in online poker called “multi-accounting”, he denied most of the cheating claims made against him.
Imsirovic finally got the chance to share his side of the story, but instead of gaining sympathy from the poker community, he ended up getting a lot of flak for sounding unremorseful about his unethical behavior.
Imsirovic Admits to Multi-Accounting
The cheating allegations against Imsirovic began to surface in 2022 when many high-stakes poker pros accused him and Jake Schindler of competing in online tournaments using multiple accounts. Both were also allegedly involved in collusion during live events which resulted in them being banned from PokerGO Tour events.
Imsirovic admitted to multi-accounting which he said began in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic when online poker experienced a mini-boom. The 2021 GPI Player of the Year also further revealed that the cheating practice was repeated in 2022, but overall, he had only engaged in multi-accounting for a period of four to five months.
Imsirovic, well-loved by the poker world until the cheating claims erupted, denied that he has used real-time assistance (RTA) and is operating an online poker cheating ring. He also dismissed allegations that he cheated during a Triton Poker event.
The 28-year-old, previously considered one of the world’s best poker players, said the cheating allegations have had a negative impact on his family. He ended the video by saying he’s paid all of his dues and just wants to move on.
Poker Community Reacts
If Imsirovic is aiming to get some level of sympathy by “coming clean”, he has failed in that aspect as his almost 30-minute video only earned the ire of the poker community.
World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet winner Will Jaffe found it ironic that Imsirovic was complaining about his family having to deal with the allegations when he also robbed many players of hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Very balanced of Ali to end his video threatening players he has dirt on even after he completely came clean and has nothing left to hide.
— Phil Galfond (@PhilGalfond) June 26, 2023
Jamie Staples acknowledged Imsirovic’s decision to address the cheating allegations but said it would take a long time before he gets a “reset”.
“But they were doing it and they also didn’t think it was a big deal” excuse for cheating is so bankrupt. You can always find an example for bad actors in any part of life. Get it together and grow up. The leaches in this game are the worst.
— Jaime Staples (@jaimestaples) June 26, 2023
Matt Berkey also described as “total bullshit” Imsirovic’s claim that he hasn’t used RTA in online tournaments.