“I can’t play on [PokerStars] for a couple years,” he said in a recent interview.
The long-time appeared on the Poker Life Podcast with Joe Ingram to discuss rumors about his VPN use. Earlier this year, TwoPlusTwo users claimed that Mizzi was using a VPN to play in the September 2015 World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) Main Event.
PokerStars is restricted from being used in every US state except for New Jersey. But Stars didn’t even launch in New Jersey until 2016, meaning there was no US location where Mizzi could play the 2015 WCOOP from without violating PokerStars’ terms and conditions.
“I decided to take a risk and play online poker from the United States,” he said.
Adding outrage is that Mizzi was also using somebody else’s account to play through the VPN. This constitutes multi-accounting, an offense that Mizzi served a three-month ban for in 2008.
He also received a lifetime ban from Full Tilt Poker in 2007, after he purchased another player’s account deep into a $1 million guaranteed event.
In this instance, Mizzi said that he’s not proud of playing through a VPN on another player’s account. But he tried to defend his actions by saying that other US-based players do the same thing.
“I was being sneaky and I got caught and it sucks,” Mizzi told Ingram. “Do I feel terribly guilty about doing this? To be honest, no not really.”
Mizzi playing in the WCOOP gained even more attention since he made the Main Event final table. Playing against his friend, Rory Brown, Mizzi tried unsuccessfully to warn his friend that he was playing under another account.
The rumors of this incident became great enough that Ingram decided to chat with him about using a VPN. After Mizzi admitted doing so in the July 25th episode, PokerStars caught wind of it and took action.