GGPoker launches its Poker Integrity Council

By Louis Thompsett

GGPoker has unveiled its Poker Integrity Council (PIC), which will join an industry-wide effort to identify and blacklist cheaters in poker. 

The PIC will conduct fair reviews across the poker industry, investigating all allegations of cheating while enforcing sanctions for the most egregious rule-breakers. 

Composed of community members, PIC will act as an independent body investigating suspicious gameplay at GGPoker tables. 

The council will be guided by a three-point process: detection – suspicious behaviour such as collusion, botting, use of real-time assistance or ghosting is flagged for review; ruling – the council members will vote on whether or not disciplinary action is required; review – the relevant hand histories (with the player detail anonymised) will be reviewed by Jason Koon, GGPoker Integrity Ambassador, and the Poker Integrity Council members. 

Disciplinary action will be determined by the severity of an offence and will range from conduct warnings to a permanent GGPoker ban combined with the confiscation of funds. 

Industry-wide backlisting will be reserved for grave misconduct and repeat offenders. To ensure blacklisting is truly thorough, GGPoker has allied with the biggest live poker tours and venues. 

These include the World Series of Poker, World Poker Tour, Triton Poker, Poker After Dark, Kings Casino and Asian Poker Tour. 

GGPoker’s PIC members are Andrew Lictenberger, Fedor Holz, Seth Davies and Nick Petrangelo.

“I joined GGPoker with an important objective in mind: to help the GGPoker team make its poker games more secure and fairer than ever," said Koon.

“It’s an honour to launch PIC and take another massive step in ensuring online poker is safe for all players. Our long list of allies also means that the wider community will be better protected via the industry-wide blacklist; we’re sending a united message that there’s no place in this game for cheaters.” 

A press conference detailing the launch of PIC will be held at Bally’s Las Vegas Hotel & Casino on 5 July 2022.  


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