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Poker news | Jun 20, 2023

WSOP investigates Kabrhels alleged cheating

By RTR Dennis

Kabrhel Denies Cheating Allegations

Well-known high-stakes poker pro Martin Kabrhel has found himself at the center of another controversy. He is facing accusations of cheating at live poker tournaments by marking cards, an allegation that has previously been made against him several fellow poker pros. This time, however, the claims are being treated more seriously, leading to an investigation by the World Series of Poker.

“While we do not discuss specific security protocols used to monitor players and gaming equipment, the integrity of the game remains paramount and we can assure fellow patrons that we are taking these allegations very seriously,” the WSOP said in a statement to the Review-Journal. “As this is an ongoing investigation, there is no further comment on the matter at this time.”

The accusation took a more serious turn during the livestream of the $250,000 Super High Roller WSOP event on PokerGO, which Kabrhel finished in 3rd place for $2,279,038. During the game he displayed unusual behaviour, including scratching and digging his nails into cards, frequently standing up (against the rules) and staring closely at his opponents chips, he claims to be counting the stack.

Andrew Robl's Initial Tweet

Kabrhel Denies Allegations

Not only did Robl and other high-profile players join in, there are also hundreds, perhaps even thousands of posts and comments on Twitter from poker fans, the general consensus is that Kabrhel was cheating, although there have been several vocal supporters of Kabrhel who states he has done nothing wrong.

Kabrhel has strongly denied all accusations on Twitter.

Possible legal action against Andrew Robl

Kabrhel is angered by the allegations and has threatened legal action against who he sees as the main aggressor.

So what are your thoughts?

Is it merely odd behaviour from an autistic man or is this intentional marking of cards and cheating?

Let us know on Twitter