GGPoker is currently dealing with controversy after confiscating in winnings from Tobias Duthweiler. The latter claims that he unfairly had $130,000 in winnings taken for violating the site’s terms and conditions.
Fedor Holz, an ambassador for GG, is caught in the middle of this controversy. He has defended his sponsor in light of the accusations.
The German poker player notes that Duthweiler was warned to stay away from the GG Network after being banned once. However, he returned and continued playing years later.
Background on the Controversy
Duthweiler recently hopped on the TwoPlusTwo forums to explain his side of the story. According to Duthweiler, he originally played on Natural8—a GG Network skin—when he was banned for bum hunting in 2016.
GG returned his funds and closed his account. They also issued a stern warning to avoid playing on their network again.
More recently, he began playing at GGPoker and turned a $50,000 deposit into $180,000 ($130k in winnings). GGPoker eventually identified him as a banned player when he went to cash out.
They then confiscated his winnings and warned him about playing on their network again. GG distributed Duthweiler’s winnings among the players he beat.
Maintaining a Healthy Poker Ecology
Some people in the poker community claim that GGPoker is banning winners from competing on their network. However, the poker site defends itself against these accusations by pointing out how they only take action against bum hunters and cheaters.
Again, Holz backs GGpoker’s approach to the matter. He believes that Duthweiler should’ve stayed away from the GG Network after getting banned the first time. Apparently, he doesn’t buy Duthweiler’s story that he didn’t realize GGPoker and Natural8 were part of the same group.
In the end, though, Duthweiler did receive his initial $50,000 deposit. Furthermore, GGPoker redistributed the winnings rather than keeping them.