In 2022, a wave of allegations against two poker pros, Ali Imsirovic and Jake Schindler, swept the poker world. First their unfair play was reported by other contestants, and then the tournament series began with bans imposed.
Only PokerGO officially announced this. The couple were rumored to have been banned from performing at PokerStars and Triton’s live music festivals, and stopped performing after numerous cheating allegations.
Both went into “radio silence” mode and no one commented on the incident. While Schindler showed up at the WSOP and even won his first bracelet, Imsirovic completely disappeared from the poker radar.
So he broke his silence on Sunday. A 28-minute recording in which Ali Imsirovich admitted to cheating was released on YouTube. But just one thing: The Bosnian claims he’s only used multi-accounts and so-called “horse racing” in online poker for four to five months during the pandemic.
According to Ali, this was the only deceit he ever committed. Imsirovic categorically denies all other allegations, including the use of RTA and the fact that he checked his opponent’s cards at a live table.
According to the poker pro, the incident has hit his family hard. He wants to end the raid:
“I feel like I’ve paid off all my debts and I want to forget about it,” Imsirovich said.
In addition to his regrets, Ali singled out that most of his accusers were themselves involved in similar fraudulent activities.
In 2022, Ali Imsirovic is one of the most promising players in live poker. His total winnings are more than $18 million, and he won more than a dozen expensive tournaments in the six months before his ban.
As practice has shown, moments like this are long remembered in the poker world. Ali is unlikely to make a smooth comeback anytime soon.