Jake Schindler and Ali Imsirovic have been getting the cold-shoulder remedy from different members of the high-stakes poker neighborhood ever since they had been accused of dishonest. The allegations vary from collusion to using real-time help (RTA), and each gamers had been reportedly banned from enjoying on GGPoker on-line in consequence.
Despite rumors that each gamers had been banned from European Poker Tour occasions (there was no official announcement), Schindler and Imsirovic had been free to compete elsewhere on the dwell circuit, making appearances at each the PokerGO studio at Aria and at this summer time’s World Series of Poker. Imsirovic made a deep run within the WSOP foremost occasion and Schindler gained his first bracelet, all whereas dodging verbal jabs from a number of the angrier excessive curler gamers.
On Thursday, PokerGO dropped one other hammer by indefinitely suspending each gamers from all PokerGO Tour occasions. The suspensions will final at the very least via the 2022 season, at which level a evaluate will happen the place every can attraction for reinstatement.
“The PGT is committed to upholding the highest standards of integrity and emphasizes proper conduct to ensure the safety and security of its players and events,” the tour stated in a statement.
Additionally, each gamers have been faraway from the PGT leaderboard. Last 12 months, Imsirovic ran away with the honors, profitable 14 titles whereas making 30 remaining tables and profitable greater than $5.9 million. His run continued into this 12 months the place he has earned an additional $3.5 million and as soon as once more put himself within the working for a number of Player of the Year titles.
Schindler not solely pocketed $2.2 million on the WSOP to associate with his bracelet, but additionally one other $3.2 million when he gained the April Super High Roller Bowl Europe occasion. The former POY winner was additionally within the working for the PGT title earlier than he was faraway from the rankings.
As it presently stands, Stephen Chidwick and Phil Ivey sit in a digital tie atop the leaderboard, every with $5.7 million in cashes this 12 months thus far. The tour is presently working occasions for the Poker Masters in Las Vegas, which can characteristic buy-ins between $10,000 and $50,000.
PokerGO’s announcement was notably absent of any point out of Bryn Kenney, who was additionally accused of dishonest when information of the scandal initially broke. Unlike Imsirovic and Schindler, Kenney has twice publicly defended himself, admitting to some smaller infractions whereas dodging questions on ghosting or collusion.
Kenney has since been noticed enjoying on-line once more, which can imply that he has been reinstated following the preliminary ban. However, he informed podcaster Joey Ingram that he has “never been banned on GGPoker ever” or had his “account frozen or suspended.”