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Saturday, September 06, 2008

Brian Townsend "SBrugby" admits to playing under multiple accounts at FTP and Pokerstars

Brian “SBrugby” Townsend, a well respected Full Tilt red pro, has admitted to using multiple accounts on both PokerStars and Full Tilt. Full Tilt has already suspended Brian from Red Pro status over the next six months. PokerStars has yet to make a decision as to what course of action to take.

Brian Townsend, a instructor and one of the most popular young internet poker pros around, admitted last week to playing under multiple accounts at both Full Tilt Poker and PokerStars. At PokerStars, he played under his most well known screen name, “aba20,” as well as “makersmark66.” At Full Tilt, he played under his own name, “Brian Townsend,” as well as “Stellarnebula.”

Townsend, who is a very well known poker pro, has had tremendous success playing online and in large cash games. He's appeared in High Stakes Poker and played well against some of the best cash players around. I thought he dominated at times and clearly showed that he had the stacks of high society to show for it. He always started with a million dollars and always had bricks of $100 bills in front of him.

It's hard to imagine why Townsend had to "cheat" to get by in online poker. He made his name by making tons of money playing online. I guess even the best players hit losing streaks while playing and needs something to mend the holes in their pockets. Multi-accounting is clearly outlawed in the terms of service for all of the major sites. It’s puzzling that he would even attempt this considering he has a lot more to lose than to gain from making such a dumb decision. To his credit Townsend did come out with an apology and alleges that he never used the accounts for collusion. Obviously that is up to those that play with him whether that is true or not. The following is a brief excerpt from Brians public apology:
“I hope that people can not only look to me for poker education but also for the way to live their lives. I made a mistake and I am willing to take responsibility for it. I am willing to stand up and face the music. I apologize to entire the online community. I will never partake in this type of activity in the future. This post should act as a full admission of my guilt, and I sincerely apologize to anyone that I’ve wronged.”

Pokerstars' WCOOP - World Championship of Online Poker

PokerStars’ seventh annual World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) kicked off Friday with the first of thirty-three events, the $215 buy-in six-handed no-limit hold’em tournament. A gigantic field of 7,217 began play at 2:30pm ET, making the prize pool over $1.4 million. First place will win $212,179.81 and nobody at the final table will bow out with less than $23,686.20. All told, the 2008 WCOOP will hand out $30 million in guaranteed prize money, but if this first event is any indication, the total prize pool across all of the tournaments may easily eclipse that mark. Last year, PokerStars guaranteed $15,000,000 across twenty-three events, but the total prize pools soared to over $24,000,000. A player who goes by the screen name “ka$ino” won the Main Event and more than $1,378,330.50, the first prize to top the million dollar mark in WCOOP history.

If you are interested in making poker history and couldn't make it to the main event in Vegas, here's your chance.


Ultimate Bet and Absolute Poker combine into ONE

The management of the two most controversial online poker rooms, Absolute Poker and Ultimate Bet, announced Thursday that the sites will be joining forces in August, forming the Cereus poker network. These two sites have been downward spiraling for several years now after being on top for a short while. The deal have been in the works for over a year now and will remain separately branded.

A press release from the companies states that Cereus will instantly become the internet’s third largest poker network, although it is not known exactly how this number was determined. According to, Cereus would barely rank in the top six for cash game traffic. Regardless of the rankings, however, there is no doubt that the combined network will have more player traffic than the two rooms have on their own.

Both Ultimate Bet and Absolute have been rocked by major cheating scandals over the last several months and because the cheaters were company insiders (although, according to both sites, the cheaters were not executives or primary owners), the sites have become pariahs in the online poker community. There has been talk about new management and the possibility of change, so hopefully this is the start of something positive for the two rooms and online poker in general. Said Chipleader Vice President of Affiliates, John Adams, in a communication to, “Cereus…enables our company to improve our operations and deliver significantly better value, service and security to our customers and affiliates.”