Pros Discuss Live Poker Ban Being Imposed On Online Cheaters

Last Updated on March 9, 2022 Author:Stefan Nedeljkovic

Poker Player BanSummary

  • Poker pros discuss the idea of imposing a live poker ban on online cheaters
  • Doug Polk likes the idea, but he has some issues with the implementation
  • Prominent poker figures, including Rob Yong and Tony Dunst also share their thoughts

Jason Koon, who currently serves as GGPoker ambassador, is calling on live tournament operators to impose a ban on players who are continually caught cheating at the virtual felts.

In a tweet, the American poker pro, said that there must be a blacklist of “online poker’s worst cheaters” and those on the list should be prohibited from competing in major live tournament stops. The move is in the best interest of the entire poker community, according to Koon.

Doug Polk Responds

Koon’s tweet drew some interesting responses, including one from Doug Polk who now co-owns The Lodge Poker Club in Texas alongside Brad Owen and Andrew Neeme. Polk, who has established a reputation for exposing and punishing cheaters in poker, said that he agrees with Koon’s idea, but the main issue will be on how the ban will be implemented.

On using a blacklist, Polk emphasized that there would be a need to evaluate each case and that would mean getting the help of other people, i.e. hiring staff to do the job.

For example, if The Lodge uses a list of cheaters provided by online poker sites like PokerStars, the card room could not automatically ban those people as they must be evaluated individually, and that would require extra resources.

Responding to Polk, Koon admitted that he doesn’t have a definite answer to the issue raised by Polk, but he suggests that those who are experts on the matter can form a group to get the job done. He also recommends imposing varying degrees of penalties for each offense.

Mixed Reaction

World Poker Tour (WPT) commentator Tony Dunst echoed Polk’s concern, saying that Koon’s idea is good in theory but is extremely tough in practice. Solve for Why founder Matt Berkey also chimed in, saying it might be hard to convince online poker rooms to willingly share the necessary information to their land-based counterparts. He said matters like that are only usually shared internally.

Koon has found strong support from Dusk Till Dawn Poker Club owner Rob Yong who said he is willing to coordinate with the relevant parties to enforce the ban. Three-time World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet winner Julien Martini sides with Koon as well, saying online poker cheaters must be banned from casinos.

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