As first reported by PokerNews France, Deyra pocketed €83,300 (~$101,000) after winning the €2,000 Super High Roller in the recent Winamax Series. The only problem was that he used his father’s account after busting with his own.
News of the incident was first picked up by French poker forum Club Poker in a thread that spanned some 30 pages inside two days. Participants in the tournament had reported refunds to their account, with fifth-place finisher “MAMARAZZI” reimbursed for over €5,000.
Others noted that Deyra hadn’t played on his personal account since Jan. 6, two days after the tournament took place, and that the Frenchman also did not play in any of the Day 2s for Winamax Series tournaments he’d already qualified for.
Finally, internet sleuths discovered that the name of the winning account “MATIVANAO” was compiled of the first names of Deyra’s brothers and sisters.
Faced with overwhelming evidence, Deyra released a statement confirming that he indeed played the Super High Roller on two accounts, winning on his father’s account, with Winamax banning both accounts. The €83,300 from the Super High Roller win, along with prize money from two other tournaments Deyra cashed in, were subsequently redistributed to affected players.
As a result, his contract with Winamax, which was due to expire in June, has been terminated immediately.
In the statement, Deyra cuts a contrite and disconsolate figure, saying his punishment was “heavy, very heavy” but also “logical and understandable.”
Deyra goes on to apologize to Winamax, his fellow Team Pros, other players and the entire poker community for potentially jeopardizing their image, or the image of the game we all love.