The Poker Masters is underway and there are two noticeable regulars who have been absent thus far — accused poker cheaters Jake Schindler and Ali Imsirovic. Don’t expect to see either going forward during the high roller series or in any other PokerGO events the rest of the year because they are suspended from competition.
Poker fans may have also noticed that Schindler and Imsirovic no longer appear on the PokerGO Tour leaderboard, and that wasn’t by accident. They’re no longer eligible to win. PokerGO released a brief statement on Thursday addressing the situation.
“The PokerGO Tour (PGT) today announced the indefinite suspensions of Ali Imsirovic and Jake Schindler from tour play, effective immediately. The suspensions will extend through at least the 2022 PGT season, upon which time a review will take place,” the statement read.
Imsirovic and Schindler have both been accused by multiple top pros of collusion in live poker tournaments and using real-time assistance (RTA) tools online to gain an unfair advantage. Neither player has publicly confirmed or denied the allegations. Following Schindler’s WSOP bracelet win this past summer, he declined to answer questions from the media.
The duo is considered among the best tournament players in the world. Prior to the cheating allegations, Negreanu had even dubbed Schindler as the top tournament crusher in the game. They’ve combined for over $53 million in live tournament cashes, according to the Hendon Mob.
Last year, Imsirovic won 14 high roller tournaments and ran away with both the GPI and PokerGO Tour Player of the Year awards.