partypoker have announced that they will enforce their ban on online cheats playing at their live events, starting with a blacklist being enforced in the upcoming Barcelona #MILLIONS Europe festival… partypoker will be operating a Blacklist for the #MILLIONSEurope festival in Barcelona. All players banned online with us will be unable to play. Read our latest blog from our Head of Game Integrity on what we are doing to keep our players safe https://t.co/daoIjhpbZr pic.twitter.com/CP1IPbPnj7 — partypoker (@partypoker) May 27, 2022 The site has long been at the forefront of trying to create a fair playing field both live and online, but with recent headlines of cheating at the highest stakes, and by some of the highest profile names in the game, the Entain group giants have decided to up the stakes.
Juha Pasanen, Head of Game Integrity, says that members of his team will be on the ground in Barcelona, ready and willing to listen to player concerns and take action where needed.
“…we at partypoker have a zero-tolerance policy towards players who are intentionally trying to gain an unfair advantage over others at our tables. I would like to reiterate that anyone banned at partypoker or other Entain brands is not welcome at any partypoker LIVE event.”
The blacklist announcement follows the apparent, though unverified, exclusion of Ali Imsirovic and Jake Schindler at the recent PokerStars EPT Monte Carlo.
Having played one of the Super High Rollers, both players were absent from the rest of the series, fellow players apparently upset at having to share a table with the alleged cheats .
That scandal was followed by allegations made against Bryn Kenney, who was accused of multi-accounting and ghosting among other issues by a former member of his poker stable.
With the game reeling from these and other claims – such as this week’s Joey Ingram tale of shuffle machine shenanigans in Texas – partypoker are the first of the major sites to publicly discuss the possibility of a global blacklist.
“We could do more and be proactive when it comes to setting up the proposed process with other operators regarding a […]