Fedor Holz joins the Poker Integrity Council, Jason Koon leaves GGPoker

A man comes in, a man goes out

High-stakes poker pro Fedor Holz has announced that he has joined the Poker Integrity Council (PIC), founded by GGPoker in 2022. At the same time, poker pro Jason Koon announced that he is no longer affiliated with GGPoker:

Koon gave no further explanation as to why he left GGPoker, whether it was simply because his contract was ending or whether something else was going on. It's not entirely clear if Koon is still part of PIC, but one might assume that the separation from GGPoker means a separation from the council.

However, that is not necessarily the case, as when PIC was founded it included Andrew Lichtenberger, Seth Davies and Nick Petrangelo, none of whom were involved in GGPoker. Fedor Holz was and still is the only original PIC member who still has a connection to GGPoker – he is one of six GGPoker brand ambassadors.

Koon was the seventh, but he has already been removed from the GGPoker website; It remains to be seen whether Koon is done with the council too.

As for Holz, he said in a tweet on Wednesday: “I understand that the current environment presents many challenges due to advancing technology in this regard, but I believe it is of the utmost importance to continually improve security at online poker sites “I will do my best to support and advance this cause.”

Current fraud scandal

GGPoker was in the negative spotlight at the end of 2023 when players uncovered a scammer on the site, sparking fears of another “superuser” scandal. A player named “MoneyTaker69” won at odds that were virtually impossible and made crazy moves along the way.

MoneyTaker69 made no effort to hide the scam.

Fortunately, the person behind the MoneyTaker69 account was not a superuser, although he was certainly cheating. As GGPoker explained, the fraudster was “able to customize his own gaming client” and “derive all-in equity by exploiting a client-side data leak vector.”

Essentially, the person found a hole in GGPoker's software and was able to use a non-upgradeable copy of it, potentially closing the hole. Their version of the software showed players all-in equity, so they often made decisions that seemed bizarre, but they knew when the odds were on their side.

The person cheated, but had no access to the opponent's hole cards, what was next in the deck, or anything like that.

In an apology blog post, GGPoker said in part: “…we are actively recruiting to double the size of our technical security team and are enlisting the help of reputable security experts to ensure online poker is safer than ever.”

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