Day 5 of the World Series of Poker’s Main Event saw the elimination of the controversial pro poker player Ali Imsirovic. He was defeated by Austin Apicella’s pocket queens, finishing in 229th place for $46,800 in the $10,000 buy-in No-limit Hold’em World Championship at Bally’s. Check out the best bookmakers.
Imsirovic was in the $100,000 buy-in High Roller Bounty No-Limit Hold’em event at the start of the WSOP this year. The 2021 Global Poker Index player of the year currently sits No. 2 on GPI’s rankings. However, he met his downfall last April when high-stakes pro Alex Foxen accused him of cheating.
According to Foxen, Imsirovic used real-time assistance (RTA) and multi-accounts online. An RTA software would tell players the optimal way to play a hand in real-time and is considered cheating by online poker sites.
Foxed also accused Imsirovic of colluding with players he financially backed during live tournaments and looking at another player’s hole cards during a high roller event with $100,000 buy-in.
“Ali is known as a cheater to almost all in the high roller community, however without much ironclad proof, most stay silent,” Foxen tweeted.
Similar allegations were also made by poker’s all-time leading money winner Justin Bonomo and three-time WSOP bracelet winner Chance Kornuth.
Imsirovic won 14 high-roller events in 2021 and the 27-year-old is said to have more than $18 million in live career earnings. However, he is now seemingly the public enemy of the poker pro world.
So far, Imsirovic has not publicly responded to the accusations and has declined interviews. The 2021 PokerGO Tour player of the year causes a stir in every tournament run he’s involved in, and this was the case during this year’s WSOP where poker pro Dan Smith reportedly mocked Imsirovic before he was seated at the PokerGO feature table.
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