2019 bracelet winner and Winamax pro Ivan Deyra won €83,300 in a €2,000 Super High Roller in a recent series, but he did so on his father’s account after busting his own.
French players began reporting on the Club Poker forum that they were getting refunds to their account for the tournament because a cheater had been found in the event.
As we have seen with the Mike Postle case, no criminal mastermind is a match for online poker players on a forum. They noticed that Deyra had not been playing his own account for several days and also that the winning account name – MATIVANAO – was a mix of Deyra’s brothers and sisters names.
Let go after three and a half years
Deyra admitted that he was the one playing on the account and both accounts have now been banned. His contract with Winamax has been terminated after three and a half years. He apologised for what he did and explained he chose to cheat because:
In the past, I realized when doing my finances that on Winamax I hadn’t been making money for three years, since I became a Team Pro. After asking myself several questions about my game. I came up with a theory. Players change nicknames every six months. All the information that I collect on their play disappears at this time, but the reverse is not true since I keep the same nickname.
He has vowed to remain a poker player and plans to continue making content.
This is a particularly stupid attempt at getting away with cheating. There is a running joke in poker that multi accounters use the accounts of their parents or spouses but one would assume the successful ones do not make it that obvious, especially leaving clues in the username as he did.
As bad as this is for the game, the one positive is that Winamax acted swiftly in punishing Deyra and reimbursing the players. The fact he was a Winamax ambassador did not change how he was dealt with.