Poker champion stands trial for online gambling fraud
Poker Guru Blog
A former World Series of Poker bracelet winner from England made “significant amounts of money” from fraudulent online gambling, the Grimsby Telegraph has reported.
Darren Woods won the $2,500 Six Handed Limit Hold’em bracelet in Las Vegas back in July 2011, netting himself a jackpot of $213,000. He continued feature prominently on the global poker circuit, amassing lifetime winnings in excess of $460,000 and achieving sponsorship from 888 poker.
But Sheffield Crown Court has heard this week how the 29-year-old allegedly created fake user accounts using real people’s details – including his own mother’s – to “fool the system.”
Using these allegedly fake player accounts Woods was able to take most – if not all – of the seats at a single online poker table, sharing hole card information so he could gain an illicit advantage. He would then be able to earn money over and above what he would be able to if he had just a single player account – including a payment of £147,266 from 2010 to 2011.
Allegedly Woods purchased a number of different computers and private networks to get around the strict identity checks that all casino sites have in place.
“He was able to defeat the sophisticated methods employed by those companies to prevent multiple accounting and collusion,” prosecutor Alasdair Campbell said.
“But the problem was that the accounts were in other people’s names, and that’s dishonest.” Woods denies the charges, and the case continues.