GGPoker’s High Stakes Cash Games To Be Real Name Only
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High stakes cash game players plying their trade at the GGPoker tables will now have to display their real names instead of an alias. The move, GGPoker hopes, will end network multi-accounting.
GGPoker’s high stakes cash games have their own section in the client. No-Limit Hold’em, Pot-Limit Omaha, and Short Deck cash games with blinds from $25/$50 up to $200/$400 are found here.
Players frequenting these games have received messages from GGPoker informing them of the enforced changes.
“Thank you for being an active member of our VIP Games. We are contacting you to inform you of our new VIP Game policy. It has recently come to light that some players are creating multiple accounts to hide [sic] identity and target weaker players despite our effort to police it. This is affecting the safety of our VIPs and hurting the integrity of the game. As such, we plan on progressively converting players’ nicknames to their Real Names.”
The message instructs players to submit a copy of their passport or driver’s license for real name verification within 48-hours of receiving the message.
GGPoker Takes a Hard Stance on Real Names
It appears GGPoker is taking this matter seriously as players who do not confirm their actual names will no longer be able to play on the site.
“Once we have received and verified the document, your Nickname will be converted to your Real Name. Subsequently, you will no longer be allowed to use any other multi-accounts on [sic] GGPoker Network, which includes all skins on the network.
“If you do not wish to comply, we regret to inform you that we can no longer accept your services. In this case, please cease playing and cash out your balance immediately.”
The multi-accounting GGPoker speaks of in its message refers to players creating accounts on others skins on the GGNetwork. GGPoker is the flagship skin with Natural8 also popular. At least nine other operators are part of the GGNetwork, including OlyBet which transferred from the now-defunct MPN.
As all skins share the same traffic, players can create an account on each GGNetwork skin and essentially have several different accounts and aliases.
Most skins are licensed by the Government of Curacao so the Know Your Customer (KYC) rules are a little more relaxed. British players have to play on GGPoker.co.uk which has a license from the UK Gambling Commission which is much stricter in its KYC regulations.
Are High Stakes MTT Players Next?
The switch to real names looks to be a work in progress because PokerNews checked a $50/$100 NL Hold’em cash game that was running and none of the seated players displayed their real names.
It also appears, although not confirmed, that tournament players are being asked to reveal their real names on GGPoker. Several of the recent WSOP Online Super Circuit events had a mixture of real name players and aliases in the chip counts and payouts.
For example, the Main Event saw high stakes regulars Alexandros Kolonias, Artur Martirosian and UK-based Spaniard Juan Pardo Dominguez displayed their real names, but everyone else who finished in the top 25 places used an alias.
Real Names Also at partypoker
GGPoker isn’t the first online poker site to make players reveal their true identities. partypoker began rolling out real name games this time last year. High stakes cash games were initially targeted but now cash game players have the choice to sit at any size stakes and have their real name on show.
Some partypoker tournaments are also real name. The recent WPT Online Series and Super High Roller Bowl events were all real names, as was the final ouple of weeks of partypoker’s POWERFEST series. The weekly $5,200 buy-in Big Game is now real name only, while the recently launched private cash games, known as Club Games, are also played with players’ actual names at the tables.