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Gossip Column: Justin Bonomo Joins the Cheating Chatter, Claims to Have Lost $1 Million to Online Poker Cheat

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  • Attreyee Khasnabis April 21, 2022
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Cheating controversies just keep pouring out this week. Just days after Alex Foxen accused Bosnian-American Ali Imsirovic of cheating during the recent PokerGO Super High Roller Bowl Europe in North Cyprus and online, four-time WSOP bracelet winner Justin Bonomo shared his own story of being duped to the tune of over $1 Million playing online poker.

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 over $1 Million to an online poker cheat in that scandal.


Bonomo started his tweet by asking people not to abuse Foxen for calling out Imsirovic for cheating, considering the controversial views and previous accusations of his own transgressions. He pointed out that the issue at hand was graver and needed to be addressed first.

In September 2020, GGPoker banned 40 accounts, with 13 of them having their balances to the tune of $1,175,305.43 confiscated. Bonomo says he spoke to a trusted source who gave him information about the scandal. He added that he was a victim of this unethical behavior for a significant amount himself.

He mentioned that someone whose first name started with ‘‘Ja’’ was the ring leader, while someone named ‘‘A’’ was the second-biggest offender. Bonomo was quick to point out that ‘‘Ja’’ was not GGPoker Ambassador Jason Koon, one of the most respected members of the high-stakes community. This left many wondering if he referred to the only other likely suspect, Jake Schindler.

As is expected, when a scandal of such proportions hits the fan, many different reactions came in from some of the top names in the business. While some agreed with Bonomo, others accused him of wrongly defending Foxen.


We are sure this is not the last that we will be hearing about this matter. If a poker black list is genuinely released, it will definitely rock the poker community! Even though unlikely to happen anytime soon, it will be interesting to see what names turn up on such a list.

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