July 1, 2020 Poker, Online

WSOP: Player fears cheating increase; director lauds event's "esports version"

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Poker player expresses concerns ahead of online-only tournament; but event director hails "esports version of the WSOP."

The World Series of Poker (WSOP) Tournament is kicking off its online-only event, after moving to the format due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

However, poker player Jeff Madsen has recently raised concerns about the increased risk of cheating in a digital-only competition.

During online play, there are worries players could try and ghost (have someone else play or assist them), use more than one account to play, use prohibited online programs to boost their game, or collude with other players.

Madsen is quoted as saying by Forbes: “Just because everybody’s doing it, doesn’t mean it’s not cheating.

“It should be you the whole time; you should have one account; you shouldn’t use any programs that are not allowed.

"Someone could play on an account and win a bracelet and it’s just not even the person’s account.”

The tournament is kicking off 1 July, with executive director Ty Stewart being quoted by the Las Vegas Review-Journal as saying: “We’re ready for a unique chapter in our history with an ambition as great as anything we’ve done, period.

"It’s the esports version of the WSOP and it’s going to be huge.”

GGPoker recently made the biggest guarantee in poker history for the tournament.

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