It's taken two weeks, during which rumour and debate has swirled around the poker sites and fora, but this week PokerStars has acted on allegations of irregularities in the activities of TheV0id, who won over a million dollars in prize money during the recent World Championship of Online Poker main event.
And the news is not good for ‘TheV0id' who is stripped of the winnings, allowing everyone else in the competition to move up a spot.
Following a two-week investigation which concluded on October 1, PokerStars has released a statement disqualifying the original winner and revealing the following:
"The investigation into the WCOOP Main Event has now been concluded.
"We have determined, based on the totality of evidence, that the tournament winner "TheV0id" was in breach of the PokerStars Terms of Service.
"In the interests of Game Integrity, "TheV0id" has been disqualified from first place.
"All other WCOOP Main Event prizewinners in addition to the player who originally bubbled in 415th place will therefore advance one place in the prize pool. The necessary financial adjustments to reflect the revised tournament places will be made within the next 24 hours.
"Please note that we are unable to release further details of this investigation, for reasons of confidentiality and privacy.
"Manager, PokerStars Game Security"
‘TheV0id' was the original winner of the main event after a 22-hour battle, in which he/she vanquished ‘ka$ino' to take over $1 million in prize money. Soon after the win, however, accusations of irregularities arose, questioning the validity of the win.
The questions revolved around the use of two accounts set up by an apparently well known and successful professional poker player, who was alleged on several leading poker forums to have used an account ostensibly set up for someone else when his own account was eliminated during the tournament