Sunday August 12, 2012 : POKER HACKING ALLEGATIONS SURFACE
Accusations that players Matt Marafioti and Samer Rahman conspired to use a hole card viewing trojan against opponents.
The unfortunate (or undisciplined) poker pro Matt Marafioti has been linked to another controversial issue in recent online poker media reports flowing from an extensive 73-page thread on the twoplustwo message board.
The latest uproar comes only weeks after Marafioti drew attention to himself – and not in a good way – by using social media tweets in an attack on his girlfriend, poker player Lauren Kling.
This time the issue is far more serious than bad-mouthing a friend; it involves accusations that he was aware of alleged plans by Swedish player Samer Rahman to hack into opponents' computers with a hole-card viewing trojan in order to win and profit.
After initially denying the allegations, Marafioti was exposed by the anonymous publication on the twoplustwo message board of the content of Skype and online chats between himself and Rahman.
This was followed by disclosures by the European Poker Tour’s William Reynolds of private Twitter exchanges in which it is claimed that Marafioti admitted knowing about the hacking exploit and seeing it in operation, although the poker pro denied using the trojan or profiting from it.
At http://forumserver.twoplustwo.com/29/news-views-gossip/matt-marafioti-samer-rahman-allegedly-conspire-hack-other-poker-players-1231581/index72.html players continue to discuss the issue, along with related allegations of hacking for profit involving millions of dollars that unfairly prejudiced some of online poker's biggest names, and claims of intimidation and threats of violence against first hand witnesses in Sweden who posted about their experiences