It is an indication of the world that we live in and the way that technology really allows us to enrich it: two poker cheats caught collaborating in a huge tournament have been shown as cheats through the use of the video footage which was recorded and broadcast during the games, after another player picked up on the fact that they were using hand signals to communicate what cards they had in their hands and created an eight minute video filled with examples of them using these symbols from the live footage.
French players Jean Paul Pasqualini and Cedric Rossi may as well stick to playing slot machine games for the rest of their lives now, because they will never be taken seriously as poker players again. The cheating took place at the 2009 Partouche Poker Tour final table in Cannes, and they went home successful from that event – with winner Pasqualini taking one million euros and Rossi in second place with more than six hundred thousand. There are no specific regulations in place to govern poker tournaments and thus no action can be taken against the actual wins, but organisations throughout the poker world are standing up to show that they will not tolerate such teaming up.
The Global Poker Index has banned both of the players from their rankings, so that they will no longer be compared against the best poker players in the world. “By taking this action, we are not claiming that we know they cheated, this is up to the casinos and the overseeing regulatory bodies to decide,” said Global Poker Index CEO Alex Dreyfus. “What we are convinced of is that there wasn’t fairness at the table. Unfair behavior will not be promoted via the Global Poker Index”. It is interesting that it was another player, Nordine Bouya, who managed to edit the clips together – and the evidence is very compelling. This is why we here at slotsmachines.net prefer the slots tournaments where you just have to rely on luck and speedy playing to get you through – as you can be sure that your opponents are not cheating when they go for the win.