A huge story in online poker circles has been the investigation into the PokerStars WCOOP Main Event. PokerStars have been conducting an ongoing investigation into allegations about the WCOOP winning account of "TheVOid".
The allegations involve the use of multiple accounts by the recent winner of the World Championship of Online Poker at PokerStars. 'Stars have confirmed that "TheVOid" has been disqualified and all the remaining players have been moved up one spot and awarded the deserved winnings.
The release posted by a Stars security representative read as follows:
"The investigation into the WCOOP Main Event has now been concluded. We have determined, based on the totality of evidence, that the tournament winner "TheV0id" was in breach of the PokerStars Terms of Service.
In the interests of Game Integrity, "TheV0id" has been disqualified from first place.
All other WCOOP Main Event prizewinners in addition to the player who originally bubbled in 415th place will therefore advance one place in the prize pool. The necessary financial adjustments to reflect the revised tournament places will be made within the next 24 hours.
Please note that we are unable to release further details of this investigation, for reasons of confidentiality and privacy."
This is huge news for the runner-up "ka$ino". Not only is "ka$ino" now crowned the winner of the WCOOP, but the prizemoney won will be $1.378 million first prize, an increase of over $530,000 from his previous winnings. Second prize will now go to PokerStars -sponsored pro Vanessa 'LadyMaverick' Rousso. This means an increase of nearly $250,000. Another high profile winner will be "nitbuster" who picks up an extra $75,000 by moving from 6th to 5th. "nitbuster" was confirmed to be high profile player Josh Arieh in an exclusive interview with PokerNews' Steve Horton days later.