April 20, 2022 Featured Articles, Poker News Petr Černý

Justin Bonomo says Ali Imsirovic is only the second biggest RTA offender after “Ja”

Justin Bonomo says he lost $1,000,000 from RTA use and claims that Ali Imsirovic is only the second biggest offender after a player starting with “Ja”, who is rumoured to be Jake Schindler, since he is also banned on GGPoker.

“A was the #2 biggest offender, while someone whose first name starts with the letters ‘Ja’ was by far the biggest”

Bonomo was responding to Alex Foxen’s allegations that Ali Imsirovic is a cheater, Foxen claiming the young Bosnian-American pro is banned on GGPoker for using Real-Time Assistance (RTA) and multi-accounting.

Chip dumping and Rubbernecking

Foxen also claims that Imsirovic regularly chip-dumped to horses and “rubbernecked” Paul Phua in a recent SHR, the hand that led the New Yorker to out his highstakes rival.

Bonomo yesterday provided context to the online cheating claims, which allege that Imsirovic was among those banned by GGPoker in a big crackdown.

Real-Time Assistance (RTA) and Collusion

“I recently spoke with a trusted source about this, tweeted Bonomo. “Things they told me: 1) the infractions range from looking at preflop charts, to occasional Real-Time Assistance (RTA), to constant + automatic RTA, to full on collusion with horses (or MA’s) who were also using RTA software.”

Bonomo added: I’m told the evidence goes far beyond hand histories, and is completely irrefutable. I have not personally seen it, but I trust the source

Does “Ja” stand for Jake Schindler?

The “A” in Bonomo’s opening tweet clearly refers to Ali Imsirovic, while the “Ja” is allegedly another of the small highstakes poker community, Jake Schindler.

Justin Bonomo says Ali Imsirovic is only the second biggest offender after "Ja"

That allegation has been doing the rounds since late last year, when Chris Kruk and Bert “girafganger7” Stevens tweeted about the state of highstakes online poker.

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Kruk listed similar issues to those brought up by Bonomo this week, stating: “Off the top of my head: Guys using in game software on gg 25ks. Probably some collusion as well. Some accounts banned, at least one, possibly more return via multi accounting. This morning heard of a guy scamming a student for his whole BR via a teamviewer thing.”

Meanwhile, Bonomo had to clarify that his “JA” reference wasn’t aimed at Jason Koon, widely regarded as one of the most upstanding members of the highstakes community.

“Apparently some people saw the ‘JA’ thing and are wondering if this was Jason Koon,” said Bonomo. “ I didn’t think this would need clarifying, but no, Jason was not involved at all. If someone still plays on GG under their real name, then you know it wasn’t them.”

The Accusers Accused

Both Bonomo and Foxen themselves have been accused in the past of wrongdoing, with Bonomo guilty of multi-accounting and Foxen having to defend himself against claims of soft-playing with his wife (then girlfriend) Kristen Bicknell.

Sam Greenwood then entered the discussion, claiming Foxen and Bicknell were also both banned from ACR and PokerStars, Foxen refuting those claims as the highstakes world threatened to implode.


It would appear that the fallout from Alex Foxen’s outing of Ali Imsirovic, and Bonomo and others’ providing supporting evidence of sorts, has opened a whole can or worms in the highstakes community.

Whether or not it will lead to an actual poker blacklist or not remains to be seen, but the big question now might be – who ISN’T going to be on that list?

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