Professional poker player Brian ‘sbrugby’ Townsend has admitted to the practice of multi-accounting at two online poker rooms, Alderney-licensed FullTiltPoker.com and Isle of Man-licensed PokerStars.com.
Multi-accounting involves a player, often assited by friends, registering more than one account with a virtual poker room and is widely condemned. The practice can also be done by using more than one computer and allows players to have more than one entrant in a tournament or to play online under a second alias to give them a substantial edge in multi-table competitions.
Townsend admitted using the usernames ‘aba20’ and ‘Makersmark66’ with PokerStars.com and ‘sbrugby’ and ‘Stellarnebula’ with FullTiltPoker.com but emphasised that these additional accounts were not misused to collude during tournaments. In addition, he stated that he only utilised the second monikers when wanting to play at lower levels so as not to lose face or have players realise who they were competing against.
“I hope that people can not only look to me for poker education but also for the way to live their lives,' said 26-year-old Townsend in his apology.
“I made a mistake and I am willing to take responsibility for it. I am willing to stand up and face the music. I apologise to the entire online community. I will never partake in this type of activity in the future. This post should act as a full admission of my guilt and I sincerely apologise to anyone that I've wronged.”
FullTiltPoker.com has suspended Townsend from its Red Pro status for the next six months while PokerStars.com has yet to announce how it plans to handle the issue.
Townsend’s admission came after strong player suspicions surfaced last week that he could be multi-accounting and it is rumoured that he discussed the issue with Lee Jones from CardRunners.com. California native Townsend acts as a lead instructor for the video instruction site and posts instructional videos and blogs about his daily life. As an act of penitence, it is understood that he will also donate $25,000 to a charity taken from his earnings from CardRunners.com.