Brian Townsend Has His "Red Pro" Status Suspended on Full Tilt Poker for Second TimePublished on 2009-12-20 03:33:00
In a recent blog post on Cardrunners.com titled "Allegations", Brian Townsend revealed that he has had his "red pro" status suspended by Full Tilt Poker for one month.
Townsend revealed that he was suspended after Full Tilt Poker learned that he had acquired 30k hands of someone else's sessions against "Isildur1".
This would violate #8 of Full Tilt Poker's Terms and Conditions - "Full Tilt Poker defines an unfair advantage as a user accessing or compiling information on other players beyond that which the user has personally observed through his or her own game play."
As you are already aware, Brian Hastings destroyed "Isildur1" earlier this month to the tune of $4.2 million dollars.
A few days later, ESPN.com posted an article on Hastings and his massive day.
This line in the article helped to trigger an investigation by Full Tilt Poker of Cole South, Brian Hastings and Brian Townsend:
"Hastings had played Isildur1 three times previously, so he, Townsend and Cole South conglomerated their hand histories, allowing them to study the mystery man's playing style."
Source: ESPN.com - Talented and Disciplined
Full Tilt Poker found that "Brian Hastings and Cole South were not found to have breached our site rules in any way".
Townsend, as mentioned, had his "red pro" status suspended by Full Tilt Poker for one month.
Townsend had this to say about the line from the ESPN.com article:
"As for 'conglomerating hand histories,' it's simply not an accurate statement. I analyzed the database I put together, and the three of us chatted about my analysis, and optimal strategy against Isildur. According to Full Tilt's T&C this is a permissible discussion as it's super common for players at all stakes to discuss strategy and certain players tendencies."
This is not the first time that Brian Townsend has had his "red pro" status taken away from him.
In the summer of 2008, Townsend revealed that he had been playing under "2nd aliases" on both Full Tilt Poker and Pokerstars.
Townsend revealed that he had been using the "Stellarnebula" account on Full Tilt Poker, rather than his traditional "Brian Townsend" account. This had occurred between February and June of 2008.
Full Tilt Poker ended up suspending Townsend's "red pro" status for six months.
You can read more about that situation here.
Source: Cardrunners.com - Allegations
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