There is a huge poker scandal brewing according to Patrick Leonard
There is a massive poker scandal brewing according to Patrick Leonard, who claimed on Joe Ingram’s Poker Life Podcast that it will be the biggest story of the next 2 to 3 months!
The English pro was commentating with Joey Ingram and online poker crusher Benjamin “bencb789” Rolle when the rumour popped up in conversation.
“I know some huge drama that I can’t say just now”
Patrick Leonard said on Joe Ingram’s Poker Life podcast:
“I know some huge drama that I can’t say just now…I’m not laughing about it because it’s bad, it’s not funny.”
Joe Ingram claimed to already know what the big secret was, although bencb789 apparently wasn’t yet in on it.
“I think it will be the biggest poker story for the next 2 or 3 months”
“I think it will be the biggest poker story for the next 2 or 3 months,” was Leonard’s assessment, but he wouldn’t be pressed on it when Rolle asked if it was a player or poker room involved.
“People know about it now,” said Leonard, admitting it would likely be made public soon enough.
What is scandalous to the highstakes and experienced pros, however, may not be quite so shocking to the general poker community.
“The thing is that most people aren’t going to understand it,” claimed Joey Ingram, believing that many “won’t really understand what the issue is.”
He added: “It’s never a good thing when these sorts of things come out though.”
So, what could possibly be big enough news to dominate for 2 to 3 months, but likely to be misunderstood by great chunks of the general poker public?
The 2+2 forum sleuths were having a field day trying to guess who or what may be about to go viral. Some were ridiculous…
Given that that the Ultimate Bet and Absolute Poker superuser scandals still reverberate more than a decade later, such a huge blow is hardly going to be ‘misunderstood’ or last mere months.
Others were speculating on credit being given to online highrollers, or the possibility that ‘real-time assistance’ was being allowed on certain sites.
Given that the WSOP is just finished and the WCOOP series has just started, the ever-present ‘ghosting’ theory has been proposed.
The Dan Jugleman Cates poker app scandal
There have been several high-profile cases in the past year, none more so than Jungleman being outed by Dan Bilzerian as the ‘cheat’ who took over an amateur’s account in a private game with multi-millionaire poker fanatic Bill Perkins. A cartoon version of that situation made it to 2plus2 yesterday…
Dan Jungleman Cates published a defence of his actions, the gist of which was: “I played very few hands against Bill Perkins, who sat in a game I understood was rampant with professionals who were ghosting.
He added: “I thought since many on the site were using pros to play for them (which was clear by the uniquely high level of play) at the time it felt acceptable for me to be playing.”
The sad fact is that the poker world is never short of scandals to choose from. The Postlegate affair dominated the headlines for over a year, card-marking cheats turned up in Los Angeles, sportsbetting chicanery involving a highstakes pro hit the news and massive unpaid debts to fellow pros are a yearly – or monthly – revelation.
None of these incidents date back before 2019, so any amateur sleuths trying to get to the bottom of this week’s rumours has plenty of options to choose from.
Of course, as soon as we get the lowdown on what exactly Patrick Leonard and Joe Ingram know, we’ll let you – and Benjamin “bencb789” Rolle! – know.
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