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Gossip Column: Has Bryn Kenney Been Running a Cheating Ring on GGPoker? Martin Zamani Reveals Gruesome Details on Doug Polk’s Podcast

Gossip Column - Martin Zamani Accuses Bryn Kenney of Running a Cheating Ring on GGPoker
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  • Attreyee Khasnabis April 22, 2022
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A storm of accusations has been blowing through the poker community ever since Alex Foxen outed Ali Imsirovic for cheating on April 18. Three days later, the focus shifted to an even bigger target.

Things took a nastier turn on Thursday when Martin Zamani accused the #1 ranked player on the All-Time Money List, Bryn Kenney, of running a cheating ring on GGPoker.

Bryn Kenney
Bryn Kenney

 

Zamani, a two-time WSOP bracelet winner and WSOPC ring holder dished out a series of damning accusations on Twitter. After that, on a podcast with Doug Polk, he spilled out sordid details about Kenney’s alleged cheating operations that got our heads spinning. Talks of shamans, frog poison, psychics, cult leader behavior, and much more honestly make the cheating allegations look relatively tame in comparison.

Martin Zamani wins WSOP Online Event 19
Martin Zamani

 

Before we get to the crux of what went down in the podcast, let us recap how the cheating controversy has snowballed over the past few days.

 

Alex Foxen Accuses Ali Imsirovic of Cheating

It all started when Alex Foxen took to Twitter to accuse Bosnian-American Ali Imsirovic of cheating during the recent PokerGO Super High Roller Bowl Europe in North Cyprus. Foxen also claimed that Imsirovic had been banned from GGPoker for employing Real-Time Assistance and using other unfair means to benefit his horses.

Alex Foxen
Alex Foxen

 

Justin Bonomo Joins the Chorus Claiming to Have Lost Over $1 Million on GGPoker

Just days after Foxen’s accusations stirred the poker community, Justin Bonomo joined the cheating chatter claiming he had been hoodwinked out of over $1 Million while playing on GGPoker.

Justin Bonomo
Justin Bonomo

 

In a series of tweets posted on April 18, Bonomo talked about the infamous banning of accounts by GGPoker back in September 2020 and how he believes he lost his money to an online poker cheat in that scandal. Though he did not explicitly reveal who the cheat was, he strongly hinted at Jake Schindler being the infamous ‘Ja’ – one of the biggest cheats in the scandal.

Jake Schindler
Jake Schindler

 

Martin Zamani Makes Damning Accusations of Bryn Kenney Running a Cheating Ring on GGPoker

The biggest revelation (yet) of this cheating scandal came on Thursday when Martin Zamani, in a series of tweets, accused Bryn Kenney of running a large-scale cheating operation on GGPoker.

 

There was so much to unpack in Zamani’s tweets that a Twitter user asked Doug Polk to make a video on it. Never one to back away from controversies, in less than 24 hours, Polk posted a YouTube video on his channel with Zamani.

 

The podcast is over an hour long, and Zamani talks about several things. He starts by explaining that he met Kenney through WPT champion Dennis Blieden, who is now serving 6.5 years in prison for perpetrating a $2.7 Million embezzlement scheme.

Zamani shared that Kenney forced his ‘horses’ (players who were staked to enter tournaments) to collude in satellites, ghosting, and use real-time assistance (RTA), mostly while playing on GGPoker and occasionally on partypoker. It is interesting to note that Kenney was a brand ambassador for GGPoker from 2018 to 2020.

As the interview progressed, Zamani, who was clearly high during the podcast, talked about Kenney forcing him to go to a shaman’s house to have a ritual known as ‘Kambo’ performed on him. He claimed that Kenney wanted to create an image of a cult leader. He said that Kenney wanted his stable members to follow a lifestyle that he approved of, including eating a Vegan diet and obeying Kenney’s demands.

Kenney’s stable, which Zamani claimed included notable players like Sergi Reixach and David Miscikowski, allegedly used RTAs, that are banned on GGPoker, and apparently colluded in thousands of online tournaments.

Sergi Reixach - Winner of EPT Barcelona's €100K EPT Super High Roller
Sergi Reixach

 

While Zamani made numerous outrageous claims, he barely had any proof for his statements. According to PokerNews, which reached out to a player who Kenney had staked in the past, Zamani’s allegations are true. The player confirmed as much on the condition of anonymity.

Kenney is yet to respond to these allegations.

 

Chance Kornuth Backs Foxen’s Demand for a Poker Blacklist

The three-time WSOP bracelet winner Chance Kornuth on April 21, backed Foxen’s demand for a poker blacklist. In a Twitter thread, he asked for the community and poker sites to blacklist those caught cheating.

 

The Chip Leader Coaching founder then made bold accusations against some specific players. He wrote that he’s seen “multiple sources” tell him hundreds of players are on GGPoker’s banned list, “but the only two that I know for sure are Jake Schindler and Ali Imsirovic.”

According to PokerNews, GGPoker provided the following statement after being asked to comment on the matter:

“GGPoker cannot comment with regard to any individual player, due to the usual privacy concerns. GGPoker treats all matters relating to game integrity with the utmost seriousness, and our Security Team works constantly to maintain the integrity of all of our games. A variety of security measures, including the permanent banning of player accounts and the confiscation and redistribution of funds, are employed by GGPoker on a regular basis.”

It’s like a can of worms has been opened with this cheating scandal, and in all honesty, it will probably be months before things die down. Something tells us that the coming days have quite a few more interesting (if not shocking) revelations in store for us.

Keep following PokerGuru for more updates on this story!

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