TheV0id stripped of Online Casino Malaysia title

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He appeared from nowhere to take down the biggest tournament in online poker history (the 2007 Online Casino Malaysia Main Event), winning over a million dollars, however almost as quickly he has been consigned to history as the biggest cheat.

TheV0id, it is heavily speculated (and lets face it, very likely) was running several IDs in the tournament. This doesnt really give any edge hand to hand, but what it does mean is that he could play each ID very loose aggressive, knowing that if one or more busts out be is still alive in the tournament. What this breaks is PokerStars “One Person per tournament” rule, echoing what is obviously the case in live poker.

Whereas in MTTs two players can come from the same IP (eg you and your brother are playing the same tourney), those two IDs must always be different people. Pretty hard to check sometimes, but as a matter of policy checks are made on final tablists in all big tournaments.

The problem for TheVoid was that in a tournament of such size, PokerStars naturally got straight on the phone for a bit of an interview and to wrap the story, but when a person confirms their identity and then shows no idea whatsoever about the tournament, that can only lead to one thought, that being that players with the same IP are not the people listed, but in fact the same person.

TheV0id was stripped of his prize, and everyone was bumped up a spot. Whereas I do not condone what TheV0id did, he did however win the tournament based purely on ability, and on that aspect alone I feel sorry for the outcome. The one good thing to come of it is that it is a great warning to others players, and hopefully they can all learn from his lesson.

Chip Reese dies

Very popular pro Chip Reese has died at the age of 56. He died after a bout of pnemonia.

Reese was widely regarded as the best Stud player in the world, and was a regular at the biggest Las Vegas cash games.

In 2006 he won the WSOP 50K HORSE, a win which got him many accolates of being the best poker player in the world. Reese, always polite and modest, would’ve no doubt disputed this, but with the 50K HORSE win, and 2 other WSOP bracelets he was certainly right up there with the best.

He will be sadly missed by the broad poker community, particularly his friends and regulars from the Bellagio.

Tony G Moscow Millions

Tony G has won the first ever Moscow Millions, an event which looks likely to grow quickly over the forthcoming years.

Tong G, infamous for his “Bring on the Russians” tirade against Ralpe Perry, really did put his money where his mouth is, taking down the event against a small, but high quality field.

A great win for Tony. Just over 200K. Well done

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