PokerStars 70 Billionth Hand Promotion scrutinized

Posted by Steve Ruddock on Nov 05, 2011 Posted in Poker Gossip, Poker Promotions | No Comments »

It seems like online poker simply cannot catch a break, even when a site is offering thousands of dollars in cash and prizes for a milestone promotion. The latest allegations of nefarious behavior occurred during PokerStars’ 70 Billionth hand celebration.

Almost immediately after the 70 Billionth hand was dealt on PokerStars, ostensibly taking place at a heads-up table where “koenigskebab” and “DodgeUrOuts” were playing in one of their 24 heads-up matches –which is precisely what caused the initial speculation that the two were not partaking in the promotion in an entirely ethical manner.

In a video posted on YouTube by “evhero” another PokerStars player uncovered that the two players (who both hailed from Germany) had been playing at 24 separate tables and had folded every single pre-flop in an effort to give themselves the best overall chance to be part of the milestone hand –which PokerStars rewarded the two with $73,380 and $1,690 respectively.

Not only would this allow the duo to partake in the absolute maximum # of hands, but it would also keep them from paying any rake while trying to basically hit the lottery.

Because of the uproar surrounding the methods employed by the winners of the 70 Billionth Hand, PoekrStars has yet to make an announcement on the winner of the promotion, nor have they issued a statement on whether or not they are looking into the allegations of “evhero”.

You can check out “evhero’s” YouTube video here

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