Bare dager etter å ha vunnet Bluff Magazine Lock Pro Challenge, kan PokerNews bekrefte at Jose "Girah" Macedohar blitt diskvalifisert etter å ha benytte seg av flere spillerkontoer. Etter en gjennomgang av deltagernes kontoer var gjennomgått ble det oppdaget at Macedo hadde brutt både BPC og Merge Gaming sine regler.
Jennifer Larson CEO/Eier av Lock Poker uttaller følgene om saken:
"Jose is young and he has made a big mistake here. We wanted to make sure that regardless of being a LockPRO he won this fair and square. After doing an audit of his account we have found that he broke some rules and that will not be tolerated by Lock,"
"We pride ourselves in standing for trust, legitimacy and loyalty. The truth is sometimes hard to stand by but it is the only way we can move forward. Although José won enough money from his own IP to have legitimately won the challenge, the unfortunate fact remains that breaking the rules is strictly disallowed. The fact remains Jose is an exceptional player and I firmly believe that mistakes only lead to greatness if learned from."
Michael "bigguylegend22" Drummond som ble nr 2 har nå overtatt 1.premien på $90.000.
Macedo sier følgene om saken:
"I'm deeply sorry for having broken the rules."
"but I truly had no intention of circumventing the rules in any way. Though it is no excuse, I want to be fully transparent at this point to let the poker world know what has happened and why. The computer in question was my backer, who logged into my account to check my balance and ended up playing some $25/$50 PLO while I was asleep and lost some money."
"Though on the merit of my own legitimate play I had enough winnings to win the Bluff Challenge, in light of the way things appear, I fully support and respect Lock's decision to disqualify me and hand over the challenge to the second place winner," he continued. "Once again, I truly regret that all of this has happened the way it has, and I hope that I can win back the generous support and understanding of the players who have believed in me so far. I will be issuing a more comprehensive explanation of what happened on my blog. Thank you."
*Bilde fra Lock Poker