Poker prodigy “Girah” disqualified from Bluff Pro Challenge

Posted by Steve Ruddock on May 06, 2011 Posted in Online Poker News | No Comments »

Jose “Girah” Macedo will have to be content with being just a regular Lock Poker Pro and not the winner of the Bluff Pro Challenge the site ran in conjunction with BLUFF Magazine and PokerNewsBoy.com. After an internal audit conducted by Lock Poker after the Bluff Pro Challenge concluded it was determined that Macedo’s account was used by a second player during the contest which was a clear violation of the site’s terms and conditions, and Lock Poker immediately disqualified Macedo from the Bluff Pro Challenge.

According to a blog post at Lock Poker, Macedo stated the following:

“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. 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.”

Lock Poker CEO/owner Jennifer Larson commented on the situation by saying:

“José is young and he has made a big mistake here. We wanted to make sure that regardless of being a LockPRO that he won this fair and square. After doing an audit of his account we have found that he broke an important rule 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. It nevertheless remains José is an exceptional player and I firmly believe that his mistakes only lead to greatness if he learns from them and himself moves forward.”

So with the disqualification of Macedo the new winner of the contest is Michael “bigguylegend22” Drummond, who earned over $90,000 in profit during the Bluff Pro Challenge.

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