Cheating Scandal Rocks Poker App As Crazy Hand Is Exposed on Twitter

A mobile phone poker app has had the poker community scrutinising it after a crazy hand was exposed on Twitter, the winner either lucking out with a ‘poker boom-style’ punt, or something more insidious…

By: Andrew Burnett

The $70 Freezeout on the PokerBros app may not be the highest stakes, highest level of skill territory, but that was by all accounts one ridiculous shove – and the fact that it got there has fellow players shaking their heads in disbelief.

‘Looks like they knew the runout IMO. Why do people play on these shady apps’ and ‘Run for the fucking hills…’ are just two of the comments on the super-dodgy hand, with more to come…

Of course, online poker has attracted a lot of conspiracy theorists over the years, but it has also been the subject of enough scams and dubious behaviour that it’s legitimate to question pretty much anything out of the ordinary.

Best-case scenario for the hand in question is that the sudden influx of newbies to the game due to the coronavirus lockdown means that such horribly-played hands will become more common – a good thing in general.

Worst-case scenario is that the multitude of apps and those cashing in on them out there will see the current situation as one that is ripe for the picking, and scams will be on the rise.

This won’t necessarily prove to be bots, or even worse ‘super-users’, but there are other problems you need to be aware of if you’re new to the game.

Many, or most, of the purely mobile poker apps run on affiliate basis that sees you go through an agent to join a club. These ‘middlemen’ deal with all the financial transactions and, when it goes wrong, you’ve pretty much been robbed with no recourse.

One player reportedly lost $28k after trusting his funds to ChinaStaking, who publicly badmouthed the player when he raised problems such as other people logging in to his account.

PPPoker hit the headlines as well when one of their affiliates, Adnan 'nypokerking' Mohammad, decided not to pay out more than $84k of player funds.

Mohammad ran PokerClub.ag, ostensibly a social poker club via Instagram using play money chips that affiliates and players exchange for real money. The app owners and developers have an easy-out by claiming they are not involved, just providing the platform.

Running Ponzi schemes, refusing to pay out winning players and abusing or blocking those who complain are common enough on these shady sites that, if at all possible, you should play elsewhere on the more reputable sites.

On the plus side, if we really are returning to 2005-style poker, there’s going to be a lot of easy money on the tables and those ‘4%’ shoves are actually a good sign.

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