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World Series Of Poker Bracelet Winner Jailed For Cheating At Online Poker

Darren Woods To Serve At Least 15 Months In Prison

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Darren Woods, a World Series of Poker bracelet winner in 2011, has been sentenced to 15 months in jail over in the United Kingdom and ordered to repay a hefty sum of £1 million after he cheated for years at online poker.

Woods engaged in fraudulent misconduct on 888.com and several other sites by setting up an elaborate scheme to play multiple hands at once at the same online poker table, according to the Grimsby Telegraph.

The report added that he will receive six more years in jail if he doesn’t pay back £1 million.

Some of the money he has already forfeited will go to online poker operators to help compensate victims of his cheating schemes. The 29-year-old originally denied 13 of the fraud charges, but later changed his plea to guilty for nine of the charges.

The cheating occurred between 2007 and 2012.

Woods’ father admitted to helping him launder £230,000 won from the scams.

The poker pro set up fake identities and used private online networks to help him hide the scams from the online poker firms, even cheating on 888 which once employed him as a sponsored player and trusted him with representing the brand. Altogether, he admitted to creating 50 different accounts to help gain huge edges over opponents.

The judge said to Woods:

“You are an intelligent, able and even gifted young man but you turned your talents towards defrauding online gambling companies and cheating other players of online poker. In individual games, other people playing against you stood to lose money because the odds had been rigged in your favour by the creation of multiple identities which were undisclosed to other players.”

According to HighstakesDB, Woods’ cheating was uncovered by diligent members of the poker community who determined that his win-rate was too high to be legitimate. Woods came out to defend himself online, but mounting evidence reportedly lead to his conviction in the minds of the poker community well before a court of law sentenced him to prison.

Woods actually claimed he was a victim, reportedly justifying his actions by alleging that other players have cheated in the past too, without getting into trouble.

 
 
 
 

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Jae1
over 5 years ago

That is why I don't play online poker.

 
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Thomas34
over 5 years ago

He says he only did it because other people were colluding too. Umm if you're good enough to win a bracelet you should be able to comfortably beat alot of games straight-up. Why do you need to cheat? This #$%^ is potentially -EV because it's SOOOO bad for the game.

 
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swallsjr
over 5 years ago

The real question is how many people are doing this that haven't got caught.

 
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Jim37
over 5 years ago

This is the reality of online poker.There are two types of players when it comes to online poker,there are the players that cheat and there are the players that get cheated.I cheat in online poker and im not ashamed about doing it.Online poker does not have integrity and there will always e cheating in online poker.For the people up on a moral high horse that will say cheating is wrong and that it doesnt happen theat much;ignorance is bliss,thanks for your chips SUCKERS.

 
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