German poker player Tobias Duthweiler called out GGPoker in a post on TwoPlusTwo forum, saying that the poker site banned him and confiscated his money after going on a winning streak. The poker community isn’t short of controversies whether it be Mike Postle’s cheating allegation or Dan Bilzerian accusing Dan Cates for cheating in a High stakes poker game. Duthweiler’s post created a lot of controversy for GGPoker as the poker community agreed and disagreed with the alleged accusations.
@GGPokerOfficial @RealKidPoker @Joeingram1 @padspoker GG has now banned for life (with funds returned) a number of cash players for being 'bad for the ecology.' i.e for winning too much. Given that this is unprecedented, why is the poker world not more angry about this?
— Stuart Rutter (@stuartrutter) August 5, 2020
After a tweet by Stuart Rutter on 5 August, stated that a number of cash players had been ‘banned for life.’ The tweet began a spark in the poker community with other poker pros shedding insight and commenting on the said tweet. A thread surfaced on the TwoplusTwo forum in which Duthweiler revealed that he was banned and that his entire balance was confiscated, an amount worth $180,000.
The German poker player had been playing on the GGPoker network for about a year-and-a-half, paying massive rake and even losing tens of thousands of dollars on two skins. He claims that the ban was unjust and unfair since he had been playing on the GGPoker network for about a year-and-a-half, paying massive rake and even losing tens of thousands of dollars on two skins. With a deposit of $50,000 and $20,000 loss, Duthweiler managed to regain and boost his bankroll to $180,000 in span of 10 days. After GGPoker began instituting a real name policy at the high-stakes tables, Duthweiler said he was verifying his information again when his account was locked. Duthweiler later released a screenshot from Natural8 which detailed the reasoning for his ban, stating that he did not satisfy the poker ecology requirements.
GGPoker commenting regarding the banning of poker players that, “We acknowledge that this case became complicated as the player signed up on multiple skins, where the GGNetwork security team does not have access to personal information including email addresses. Therefore, our security detection was limited to IPs and Mac Addresses when it comes to detecting trespassers. We will enhance our system so that we can request email addresses and personal information from our Licensee Operators. We also acknowledge that our P2P transfer was too easy for the players. We have already removed P2P transfer for our UK customers and will be placing a strict KYC verification process and limits for all future P2P transfer. We have already shown our good will with a gesture to the player by returning the funds he has received from his friends. All of his winnings have been re-distributed to the affected players. We would like to apologize for the concerns that were brought up by this incident and will make sure that our security measures are more tight.”
GGPoker says they only take this final, drastic step in the following three types of cases:
As Duthweiler was deemed in violation of a permanent ban, the operator says it was simply following its usual protocol in confiscating the account’s balance. For more updates on poker in the country and around the world, keep reading GutshotMagazine.com