Bryn Kenney, Ali Imsirovic and Jake Schindler all appeared at the World Series of Poker yesterday, answering the big question of whether the trio of alleged cheats would be allowed to play on the world’s biggest stage.
The accusations against the highstakes, high-profile pros are many and varied, and include RTA use, live rubbernecking, multi-accounting, collusion and various other breaches of the rules and regulations.
The latter pair were even reportedly ejected from the PokerStars EPT Barcelona after fellow players apparently expressed their disgust at having to share a table with the duo, but so far nothing has been reported from Vegas of a similar nature.
All three players appeared for the first of the big buy-in events, the $100k High Roller Bounty, with Imsirovic apparently “doing a Kenney”…
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Imsirovic’s charity donation will be seen by some as an attempt to whitewash over the recent cheating allegations.
A similar charge was levelled against Bryn Kenney, who offered to pay for a $10k Main Event seat, causing an uproar on poker Twitter.
At the time of going to press, both Kenney and Schindler have busted from the high-roller opener at this year’s WSOP, as has Sergei Reixach, another pro at the centre of the recent spate of cheating allegations.
Imsirovic, however, is sitting 4th in chips at the close of day 1, with Phil Ivey, Daniel Negreanu and Erik Seidel all still in the mix.
We will, of course, keep you updated on all the latest happenings from this year’s Vegas biggie, so stay tuned.
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