PokerStars returns $35,000 to hacked account owner

Doug “WGCRider” Polk is a high stakes player whose account at PokerStars had been hacked. The incident was widely reported on the TwoPlusTwo forum by Polk, indicating how exactly this could have happened and what the repercussions were. According to Polk, his laptop had been compromised somehow, allowing a remote controler to see his hole cards during high-stakes games. This all happened during last spring.

In a specific game on March 26th, a player with the username “Forbidden536” won almost $35,000 from Polk. It started on the lower $5/$10 NL tables but quickly the game moved up to $25/$50 and even higher to $50/$100. Polk realized something was wrong when his opponent had banerly any misses, calling out action flawlessly.

Polk then contacted PokerStars staff to look into the matter which resulted in the account of “Forbidden536” being frozen. Polk received an email stating “It does appear extremely likely that this player was able to see your hole cards during your recent playing session.”

Although Polk has no concrete evidence about who the hacker is, he suspects one Joshua Tyler, a friend of Dan Cates. He is an IT specialist who had been living at polk’s apartment while he was away and it was after that stay that the hacking took place.

Recent Posts

Ethereum-based Virtue Poker is ready to launch this May with an exhibition tournament featuring its ambassador Phil Ivey

Following an announcement on Monday, it was confirmed that ConsenSys based project, Virtue Poker raised $5 million in funding. The…

4 days ago

A fully decentralized Poker application is announced to launch in Q2

Cartesi and Polygon have recently announced the development of a fully decentralized Poker game on top of Polygon’s PoS Chain.…

3 weeks ago

GGPoker heads up with PokerStars by running their GG Spring Festival from April 4 through April 25

Competition this spring will be fierce as GGPoker is taking PokerStars heads on by running their own GG Spring Festival…

3 weeks ago

PokerStars SCOOP 2021 kicks off April 4

The PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) is up pretty soon with $100 million in guaranteed prizes for grabs across 102…

3 weeks ago

America’s Cardroom announces High Five Tournament Series and is looking for the “next Moneymaker”

America's Cardroom has announced its High Five Tournament series. The High Five series will run from March 31 to April…

4 weeks ago

World’s most popular online poker tournament celebrating 15 years

The world's most popular online tournament, the PokerStars Sunday Million is celebrating its 15th anniversary this coming Sunday March 21st and…

1 month ago