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Gossip Column: Fedor Kruse Outed by Roommates For Using Real-Time Solver Assistance & More

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  • Attreyee K. Ganguly September 15, 2020
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Just as the Mike Postle saga was on the road to wrapping up, a new scandal has rocked poker town. German pro Fedor Kruse was outed by his roommates last week for allegedly using Real-Time Assistance (RTA) software to gain an edge in nosebleed online cash games.

The Run It Once (RIO) Legends Showdown has entered the finals with Kevin Rabichow and Pauli Ayras surviving till the end. With €40,000 on the line, the duo will square off on September 15.

Yet another poker duel is also in the lineup. This time, it will be between two of the poker community’s biggest names, Phil Hellmuth and Antonio Esfandiari, in round 2 of PokerGo’s latest series, ‘High Stakes Duel.’ However, the date for round 2 is yet to be announced.

Six-time WSOP bracelet winner, Daniel Negreanu`s bracelet prop bet was one of the big stories to follow and one that kept his fans on the rail all through his numerous deep runs these last two months. To add insult to injury, the GGPoker Ambassador had to pony up $100K in a bracelet bet to Conor Drinan after the latter won the last bracelet at the series, Event #83: $10K WSOP Super MILLION$.


Fedor Kruse Outed For Using Real-Time Solver Assistance

A startling new scandal broke over the weekend when evidence was found of German high stakes player Fedor Kruse using Real-Time Assistance (RTA) software to gain an advantage in cash games. It seems that Kruse’s former roommates released the details in a detailed post on the 2+2 forum, while also reporting it to PokerStars and GGPoker.

Fedor Kruse
Fedor Kruse


Kruse, who plays under the moniker “GlitchSystem”, allegedly used a ‘dream machine’ computer set-up to access and use pre-solved cash game simulations for GTO play.

Fedor Kruse Dream machine

The first hints of the storm to come were dropped by Patrick Leonard during a WSOP stream, when he said, “I know some huge drama that I can’t say just now…I’m not laughing about it because it’s bad, it’s not funny.”

Poker vlogger Joey Ingram had also claimed to know what the big story was, although he felt it would be less dramatic or understandable to the general poker community.

Watch the stream below.

The Kruse scandal is probably what they were talking about. Using the ‘dream machine,’ Kruse quickly became one of the biggest winners in the high-stakes cash game across several sites. His roommates apparently confronted Kruse and told him to stop cheating – something they say he refused to do, which led them to ask him to leave the apartment.

The text of what they are said to have sent to the PokerStars security team was shared on 2+2

2+2 Forum letter


Leonard took to Twitter to comment on the scandal.

Screenshots of chats have been shared on the 2+2 forum in which Kruse seems to admit to having used solvers during his playing sessions.

Chat SS

However, Leonard wants to give Kruse a chance to explain his side of the story.

There has been quite a reaction to this scandal on Twitter.

With the Postlegate scandal now done and dusted, the poker world seems to now have a whole new problem on hand. Let’s wait and see how this plays out.


Kevin Rabichow & Pauli Ayras Make it to RIO Legends Showdown Finale

After weeks of intense play, the Run It Once (RIO) Legends Showdown has reached its finale, and the two pros you have survived till the end are Kevin Rabichow and Pauli Ayras.

Kevin Rabichow & Pauli Ayras
Kevin Rabichow & Pauli Ayras


The duo outlasted fellow competitors Bjorn “AsianFlushie” Li and Fedor Holz, as well as Mikael “ChaoRen160” Thuritz and “Makeboifin.” They will now have to play 2,250 hands across three sessions of €50/€100 to determine the winner.

Interestingly, Rabichow and Ayras have not played each other throughout the series thus far. The player who eventually wins the series will get €40,000, with the runner-up receiving €20,000.

With only the finals left, here’s the breakdown of the money won in the series, thus far:

PlayerResultMoney Won
Kevin “krab42” RabichowAdvanced to finals+€93,768
Pauli "Fiilismies" AyrasAdvanced to finals+€51,766
Fedor "CrownUpGuy" HolzEliminated in semifinals+€9,179
Bjorn “AsianFlushie” LiEliminated in semifinals-€89,113
Mikael “ChaoRen160" ThuritzEliminated in opening round-€1,260
"MakeBoifin"Eliminated in opening round-€64,339

The Legends Showdown finale will play out on September 15 and be streamed on the Run It Once Twitch channel.



Antonio Esfandiari vs. Phil Hellmuth: High Stakes Duel Round 2 to Take Place Soon

PokerGo’s latest series, ‘High Stakes Duel,’ pitted two poker world behemoths against each other, Phil Hellmuth and Antonio Esfandiari. Round 1 saw the 15-times WSOP bracelet beat out the ‘The Magician’ back in August. Round 2 of Esfandiari v. Hellmuth will happen soon, and both seem to be looking forward to the rematch.

Phil Hellmuth & Antonio Esfandiari
Phil Hellmuth & Antonio Esfandiari


“It’s pretty cool that the loser has an automatic right to battle at least two more times,” Esfandiari said. “Usually when you play poker in any kind of a match or a tournament, once someone wins it’s over. But now, even though I lost, I still have two chances to redeem myself.”

“It’s interesting because we can challenge each other, other people can challenge us as well,” Hellmuth added. “This concept of also having the people that are staking you in the room with you is kind of cool.”

In the first match, each player put up $50,000 — and the stakes are to double each round. Talking about why he thinks he lost to Hellmuth, Esfandiari said, “I have to give him more credit. I underestimated my opponent [in two spots], which is what caused me to lose the match. Next time, there’s no way he’s going to get away with what he did. He’s just going to have to show it to me.”

“If I go into that match feeling really cocky against him, then I’m in trouble,” Hellmuth said. “I have to go in there with an open mind and be ready to play my best. He’s a great player and I know this.”

While the rematch date has not yet been announced, fans can watch round 1 on PokerGO’s YouTube channel.


Daniel Negreanu Loses $100K in WSOP Prop Bet

GGPoker Ambassador Daniel Negreanu has a habit of making prop bets. Back in June, he had made a $1 Million that he would win a seventh gold bracelet in 2020. While that bet did not come to fruition, Negreanu seems to have lost an additional $100,000 to Conor Drinan, who won Event #83: $10K WSOP Super MILLION$ for $1.42 Million.

Daniel Negreanu & Conor Drinan
Daniel Negreanu & Conor Drinan


Apart from his $1 Million prop bet, Negreanu had made a few other bets, one of which was betting on who would or wouldn’t land WSOP gold. Drinan had taken up Negreanu on the bet for the maximum of $100,000.

While Negreanu is a six-time WSOP bracelet winner, Drinan became the first player to land 5 SCOOP titles in a single series, showing his online MTT class and the fact that the series was held complete online gave Drinan an edge.

However, with the final event kicking off last week and neither player having landed a victory, it looked like the prop bet would come to a push. Unfortunately for Negreanu, Drinan shipped the last bracelet awarded at the series to win the bet.

Negreanu, despite the last-minute $100k hit, was among those to congratulate Drinan.

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