January 21, 2020 Poker Gossip, Poker News Petr Černý

Poker Pro Nicholas Palma outed as scammer on Twitter

Poker bad boy Nicholas ‘NickyP’ Palma has made the headlines once again, accused of scamming friends of Chicago pro Ralph Massey, and responding with a foul-mouthed tirade after Massey went public via a series of Twitter polls and posts…

Poker Pro Nicholas Palma outed as scammer on Twitter - ralph massey poker

Massey stood by his Twitter followers’ votes and named Palma later that day, stating: ‘If you’ve been scammed or stiffed by Palma, know you’re not getting paid…’

New York-born Palma, who has serious previous when it comes to being accused of scamming, and worse as we will see, responded in typically aggressive fashion…

It wasn’t long before others started piling in on Palma, with the well-known Connecticut pro Luke Vrabel, aka ‘slayamericainc’, joining in…


Palma’s previous for ‘scamming’

Palma was the subject of some serious discussion back in the summer of 2018, Tim Reilly outing him with a lengthy description of his dealings with Palma…

Foxen, Kessler and an 86 for Palma

That led to poker staking site, You Stake, 86’ing Palma and some very well-known pros also admitted to being scammed by Palma.

Palma was adamant that they had got things wrong, however, replying: ‘I sold 62 percent of this event and played for 38 percent and can show who invested in me and my hhs from the tournament.

He added: ‘I have never oversold or scammed anyone. I have owed people money though and took the time to pay them.’

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However, Alex Foxen, the Canadian double-GPI winner, stated on Twitter: ‘Sad to say I was another victim of this. Thought it was a one-off event and warned those whom I knew did business w him.

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‘Apologies to any who got [got] because I didn’t say anything publicly. I still like to think that Nicky p was never malicious in his actions but maybe naïve’.

Allen ‘Chainsaw’ Kessler was another victim, although Palma’s habit of deleting tweets makes things difficult to follow at times.

Sexual assault and robbery claims

There was worse to come, as ex-girlfriend Stephanie Hubbard made laid some serious allegations against Palma…

Stephanie Hubbard poker - Poker Pro Nicholas Palma outed as scammer on Twitter

Palma refuted Hubbard’s allegations, but there were others, including that he had punched a girl in the face outside a nightclub at Foxwoods after she attempted to stop him for allegedly bashing her gay friend.

Again, as with the other claims, Palma denied that these incidents happened as described, although he threatened Reilly publicly during the Twitter slanging match, posting: ‘I’ll tell u this much Timmy your gonna catch a slap in the face now. Keep it up’.

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Palma later apologized publicly for his behavior…

Freerolls and failure to pay up

The most recent allegations of scamming seem to revolve around Palma being given a freeroll by one of Massey’s friends, Massey explaining in a tweet: ‘Begging someone for a free roll, cashing and then keeping the $$ is incredibly scummy and it is a big deal’.

Not everyone was deadest against Palma, however, a supportive tweet claiming he had paid at least one debt off…


Palma’s Hendon Mob listing shows that he has lifetime tournament cashes totaling $1,528,681 going back almost ten years.

His biggest recorded score is $98,261 for taking down the Borgata Fall Poker Open in Atlantic City in 2015.

More recently, and more germane to the recent allegations, Palma scored a 10th place cash worth $17,081.

It came in this month’s $1100 buy-in WPTDeepstacks Main Event at the Lucky Hearts Poker Open in Hollywood, Florida.

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