Despite appearances on Poker After Dark and winning millions of dollars in online poker, Cole South is best known by some as the guy who allegedly shared hand histories with Brian Townsend and Brian Hastings, helping the latter win $4.18 million off Viktor “Ilsudur1” Blom in a single session.
South and Townsend were eventually suspended by Full Tilt and lost their “Red Pro” status for 30 days in 2009. And it was basically taken for fact that they were cheaters hell-bent on doing anything to beat Isildur1, who, at the time, was crushing the high stakes online poker world. But five years later, Cole South has a message to deliver about the ordeal: “It’s bullshit.”
As South explained on a recent podcast episode with ChicagoJoey, a large reason why so many people readily believe that he and Townsend shared hand histories with Hastings is due to an ESPN article by Gary Wise. The latter wrote for ESPN from 2007 to ’12 and, according to South, reported that the three players “merged their hand histories into one database” in order to create an effective strategy against Blom. South continues by saying this “absolutely never happened,” and he neither sent nor received any hand histories as alleged.
What did happen is that Townsend bought hand histories from PTR – a very different story because these don’t offer mucked hole cards like those seen from a player’s own experience. South adds that Townsend merely offered some general tips to Hastings for playing against Blom based on his experiences and the hand histories.
South concludes that the whole perception that he, Hastings and South were wildly emailing hand histories back and forth is ridiculous. He also adds that Full Tilt did not want these Red Pros discussing the matter on forums, meaning they never got a solid chance to defend themselves. You can listen to the whole thing below, and the hand-sharing talk starts a little after the 49:00 mark.