Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Prahlad Friedman Lances Online Poker Cheating Accusations of His Own!...Targets Haxton and Bonomo

A few weeks after the wild and crazy ride that the John Racener/Sorel Mizzi/Shaun Deeb Chinese Poker fiasco took us on, we have yet another “out of the blue” cheating accusation, this time involving Team UB Poker’s newest sponsored pro, Prahlad Friedman, and two of the top online poker players in the world Isaac Haxton and Justin Bonomo.

Friedman took to his Twitter account this weekend and in two successive Tweets of less than 140 characters each was able to call out both Haxton and Bonomo for multi-accounting:

“Isaac Haxton and Justin Bonomo share and switch accounts often. Was playing random guy and looked up his stats. Identical to Hax,”

“Haxton knows I don’t want to play him, so scummy. Beware of their scummy tactics. They have been doing this for years. No more.”

Friedman is known for speaking his mind –which is the nice way of saying he talks before he thinks—so it’s unclear if this is just a player on tilt, or if there is actually any evidence of possible wrongdoing on Haxton’s part.

Obviously as soon as Friedman’s Tweets hit the internet the 2+2 forum created the obligatory lengthy thread on the topic, which got all the more juicier when Bonomo posted his own reply on 2+2 –I’m not sure exactly how Friedman implicated him in the above Tweets other than naming him, as it was Haxton that he seems to have been suspicious of. Bonomo, who was one of the original players busted for multi-accounting back in the day wrote a detailed response to the accusations stating:

“While I did some things I’m not proud of when I was 19, I was given a second chance and take that very seriously. I have not done anything unethical in poker in 5+ years now… I hold myself to a very high ethical standard. I am unbelievably lucky to have been given a second chance, and I’m not going to squander that. Needless to say, I don’t take these accusations Prah has been throwing around lightly,”

Of course, no reply would be complete without a one-on-one challenge at the poker tables being issued –the poker version of an 18th century duel– which Bonomo did by challenging Friedman to a $50/$100 NLHE match for 10,000 hands.

Thus far we have not heard from Haxton, and there has been no follow-up from Friedman. Hopefully this time we receive a little more closure than we did in the Racenre vs. Mizzi episode.