PokerStars has announced that, after recently concluding a two-week long investigation, it has disqualified the winner of the Sept. 30 World Championship of Online Poker
) main event
and redistributed the prize pool for the tournament.
The winner of the event, TheV0id, would have received $1.2 million for being the last man standing in the tournament, but his disqualification means that every other player in the event will move up one spot in the payout structure (and the two-way deal at the final table is nullified).
Thus, the new official results for the final table are:
||Vanessa "LadyMaverick" Rousso
||Josh "nitbuster" Arieh
The bubble boy in the event, alkemizt, who previously finished in 415th place, will now find $2,998 in his account, an unexpected, but undoubtedly welcome, surprise.
The PokerStars security team began investigating TheV0id's win immediately, and yesterday they announced the results of the investigation:
The investigation into the WCOOP main event has now been concluded.
We have determined, based on the totality of evidence, that the tournament winner "TheV0id" was in breach of the PokerStars Terms of Service.
In the interests of game integrity, "TheV0id" has been disqualified from first place.
All other WCOOP main event prize-winners, in addition to the player who originally bubbled in 415th place, will therefore advance one place in the prize pool. The necessary financial adjustments to reflect the revised tournament places will be made within the next 24 hours.
Please note that we are unable to release further details of this investigation, for reasons of confidentiality and privacy.
Manager, PokerStars Game Security
The new results will also affect both of Card Player's
prominent poker leader boards. Because the tournament was so large and influential, the winners were given points toward the Card Player Player of the Year
(POY) standings along with the Online Player of the Year
(OPOY) points they would have normally received. Ka$ino will now receive 1,800 POY points and 2,400 OPOY points (rather than 1,500 and 2,000, respectively). Vanessa "LadyMaverick" Rousso will be awarded 1,500 POY points and 2,000 OPOY points for second place (rather than 1,200 and 1,600, respectively, for third place).