Monday, February 21, 2011

More Online Poker Cheating Mess For Sorel Mizzi!

Last Year's Bluff Magazine online poker player of the year is again being accused of cheating at poker--just one week after his Full Tilt online poker account was reinstated. He had been banned from Full Tilt for two and a half years for a series of online poker cheating violations including multi-accounting. This time Mizzi is accused of cheating 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event runner-up John Racener at Chinese Poker during the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure. The latest in Mizzi's cheating swirl came to light on the TwoPlusTwo poker forum. Member Shaun Deeb posted the following, claiming it is what Racener said happened.

"So sorel and John during PCA were doing lots of gambling towards the end of the trip sorel says lets play chinese and says we should also play with a joker. They also did some weird scoring when whoever won most pts/hands every 10 hands the winner gets 5k, sorel had tried to bump up the stakes a few times as well to might higher. So they are rotating the deal and the dealer gets the 14th card in 1 of their hands. Racener has played a ton of live poker so he tends to know procedure and what to look for. He notices sorels shuffling is leaving the 2 bottom cards in place they haven’t moved from the deck. As he starts to deal he notices the first card he deals himself is the bottom card of the deck. He keeps watching sorel and once he’s done dealing john says hes going take the hand with 14 cards in it sorel goes into a tantrum saying it’s his hand his deal. John says I know what you were doing picks up the 14 card pile and shows the bottom card which is the joker. He tells sorel he’s not paying him whatever amount hes down 5-20k and that he’s a scumbag etc."

Deeb also wrote that Mizzi blamed a death in his family as well as prescription medication for what happened. Deeb claims that Mizzi said, "I dont really know what to say; he says that I dealt myself a joker from the bottom of the deck when I didn't. People have done it before to me and they’ll do it again. Seems like every two months I have to defend myself against some sort of accusation with no proof and I'm really sick of it. I've been accused of just about everything, and am pretty sure if someone said that I was responsible for the 9/11 attacks, a certain percentage of people reading it would beleive that. The reality of it is: if you post these accusations on TwoPlusTwo the majority of the people will believe you over me. You can say anything about me. I'm wide open and completely vulnerable to being accused of anything shady and having people believe it."

My take: Well, it really is hard to believe Mizzi because of his poker cheat history, however, I want to point out that a lot of these posters on TwoPlusTwo are assholes looking to fry anyone they get their keyboards on. If these poker cheating allegations are true, Mizzi is really a compulsive cheater, having waited just a matter of days after his Full Tilt ban was lifted to cheat again.