Player lost prize money due to a gross violation
From time to time, the poker players lose their prize money due to inattention to the rules of poker rooms and non-compliance with the user agreement.
Such a story happened to the American poker player and video blogger Matthew Vaughn, who earned a big prize money in the heads-up of expensive tournament. However, the poker room confiscated his winning due to a gross violation of the rules.
Matthew Vaughn took part in the expensive event at the large North American poker room Ignition Casino. He entered the heads-up of tournament with $1 000 000 guarantee and was entitled to $136 680 of prize money according to the results of the deal.
Nevertheless, the poker room confiscated Matt's funds for multi-accounting, since he played from his friend's account. Moreover, the poker player didn’t try to hide this fact and he broadcasted the final table of this tournament on Twitch.
In addition, he also played in the state where online poker is illegal. Ignition Casino Poker split his prize money among the other finalists of tournament. After this situation, Vaughn posted a video on his YouTube channel, in which he described the whole situation in details.
It is noteworthy that Matt doesn’t particularly admit his guilt in the video, but he doesn’t claim that his play from someone else's account is a right thing. He added that the poker room’s representatives permanently blocked his main account.
After all, the poker player received a small consolation prize from his heads-up opponent, as they agreed to leave $26 000 for raffling at the end of the deal. After some time, Vaughn's opponent sent him this sum of money.
The opinions of English-speaking poker community during the discussion of situation were divided. Some said that Matt "did nothing wrong", while others stated that Vaughn "was still very lucky that his opponent helped him." In any case, the poker room had the right to confiscate his funds, because the player grossly violated the rules of poker room.