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Old 02-19-2007, 12:56 PM
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Online pro BelowAbove (Bel0wAb0ve) got his chat permanantly banned by Poker Stars on Sunday. He had just been knocked out of the Sunday Million tourney when he told an opponent to "get aids". This was obviously reported by someone at the table, as BelowAbove had his chatted banned a few hours later.

BelowAbove is a temperamental soul at times and has previously let rip at many an opponent and Poker Stars themselves following bad-beats. Here are a couple of such emails :-


No.1 FOLLOWING THE WCOOP MAIN EVENT :-

22nd Sept 2006

The letter basically explains itself, but I emailed Lee Jones last night over some things that happened yesterday that left a sour taste in my mouth. I'll let you know what he has to say back.

BeL0W


That time of year has come, that every online poker player looks forward too. Many of us can’t sleep or lose sleep in the days approaching, much like a 7-year old child on Christmas Eve. That’s right, it’s the World Championships of Online Poker, held exclusively on your very own site, Poker Stars. What makes this event of tournaments so great is the awesome structure, which allows for plenty of post-flop play through out the tournament because of the deeper stacks and thirty-minute time levels. Today was event #6, the 200 No-Limit Holdem with rebuys, just the single biggest rebuy tournament of the year. This is my single favorite online poker tournament of the year, yes above the WCOOP Main Event, which will probably eclipse this prize pool four times over. I’m emailing you personally because of a series of events that occurred today on your site that have left a bitter taste in my mouth.

First I’d like to tell you a little about myself, before I go into what happened today. I’m 26 years old and have been playing poker for roughly 12 years, for the most part recreationally, but this January will mark the 2-year anniversary of me quitting my full-time job making over $50,000 annually and choosing to make this sick game we call poker my new full-time “job”. I just celebrated my 2-year anniversary in July of my 1st hand of online poker, and it would not be a stretch to say that over the last year, nobody online has played more Multi-table Tournaments over the net then myself. I’m just stating this so you know in advance that I’m not just some random donkey complaining about a bad beat that I took in a tournament. I’ve seen it all, and to be honest none of it really phases me.

I’m widely known throughout the online poker community, and have quite the following of “railbirds” online, especially on Pokerstars, where I pretty much started playing online poker. I’m widely regarded as one of the top rebuy specialists online, and rebuy tournaments are by far my favorite tournaments online as deep stack poker is my favorite kind of poker. I regularly play all of the daily rebuy tournaments Pokerstars has to offer, from the $3 + .30 level all the way up to the $100 +9, along with the recently added Sunday $200 +15 rebuy tournament.

Now you have a little idea about my background, let me explain my disgust with your site after the series of events that occurred today during the WCOOP event #6. It all started shortly after the rebuy and add-on period had ended, and involved one of the “pros” that represent your site, Lee Nelson. About twenty minutes into the 3rd level, Lee was moved to my table, playing under the ID LeeNelsonP* and seated on my direct right. During the last few minutes of level 3, the following hand between Lee and I. Here is the hand history.

*********** # 94 **************
Pokerstars Game #6368129603: Tournament #40000006, $200+$15 Hold'em No Limit - Level III (25/50) - 2006/09/21 - 16:29:52 (ET)
Table '40000006 189' 9-max Seat #5 is the button
Seat 1: DJenner VIII (9635 in chips)
Seat 2: J2thaHizzo (3425 in chips)
Seat 3: BMWSTACK (7475 in chips)
Seat 4: pokerMJ (2500 in chips)
Seat 5: LeeNelsonP* (11083 in chips)
Seat 6: BeL0WaB0Ve (14790 in chips)
Seat 7: hoffa (7610 in chips)
Seat 8: ruthan (17425 in chips)
Seat 9: WinterMan (5280 in chips)
BeL0WaB0Ve: posts small blind 25
hoffa: posts big blind 50
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to BeL0WaB0Ve [Ad Ah]
ruthan: folds
WinterMan: folds
DJenner VIII: folds
J2thaHizzo: folds
BMWSTACK: folds
pokerMJ: folds
LeeNelsonP*: raises 75 to 125
BeL0WaB0Ve: raises 475 to 600
hoffa: folds
LeeNelsonP*: calls 475
*** FLOP *** [8d Jc 5s]
BeL0WaB0Ve: bets 900
LeeNelsonP*: raises 1200 to 2100
BeL0WaB0Ve: raises 12090 to 14190 and is all-in
LeeNelsonP*: calls 8383 and is all-in
ShaunBusted [observer] said, "weeeeeeeeeeeeeeee"
*** TURN *** [8d Jc 5s] [5h]
dest- [observer] said, "oh ****"
*** RIVER *** [8d Jc 5s 5h] [Jd]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
BeL0WaB0Ve: shows [Ad Ah] (two pair, Aces and Jacks)
LeeNelsonP*: shows [9s Js] (a full house, Jacks full of Fives)
LeeNelsonP* collected 22216 from pot
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot 22216 | Rake 0
Board [8d Jc 5s 5h Jd]
Seat 1: DJenner VIII folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 2: J2thaHizzo folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 3: BMWSTACK folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 4: pokerMJ folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 5: LeeNelsonP* (button) showed [9s Js] and won (22216) with a full house, Jacks full of Fives
Seat 6: BeL0WaB0Ve (small blind) showed [Ad Ah] and lost with two pair, Aces and Jacks
Seat 7: hoffa (big blind) folded before Flop
Seat 8: ruthan folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 9: WinterMan folded before Flop (didn't bet)

Now, I have cut out the action on the flop and will re-paste below how things went down from my perspective.

*** FLOP *** [8d Jc 5s]
BeL0WaB0Ve: bets 900- I make this bet pretty quickly, which represents roughly 75% of the current pot.


LeeNelsonP*: raises 1200 to 2100- Lee takes a few seconds before making this raise.


BeL0WaB0Ve: raises 12090 to 14190 and is all-in- Now here I end up going into my time bank for about 25 seconds before moving all-in. I never considered folding, because I was very confident I was ahead, but was actually considering how I would play the turn if I just called his flop raise, as I wanted to make sure to get all my chips in the pot. Ultimately I decided to shove all-in.


LeeNelsonP*: calls 8383 and is all-in- Lee takes about 1.2 seconds to make this call of his 160+ BB stack and put his tournament life on the line as I had him covered at this point.


ShaunBusted [observer] said, "weeeeeeeeeeeeeeee"

.

End of Quote

Continued on next post....

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Old 02-19-2007, 12:59 PM
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EMAIL 1 continued :-

The hand continues as we know from above and I get the best turn card possible besides a 3rd ace, which left him drawing to 2 of the remaining jacks which ultimately hit on the river. Now I take a million bad beats a day, along with giving my fair share too, and I know that this is part of the ugly game we play. Most of the time I accept them for what they are and just move on to the next hand. I will admit though, this one hurt me. I simply typed in the chat box “brilliant”, folded my hand and took a walk outside to cool down. I still had chips, not a lot but definitely enough in relation to the blinds to try and work my way back into contention in this big tournament, so I had to try and pull myself together. I sat back into my seat a few minutes later and continued playing the tournament, not mentioning another word about the hand. A few minutes later our table broke, and all of the players went our separate ways. Mr. Nelson never once said anything about the hand afterwards; in fact I don’t remember him ever speaking during the short time that we were at the table together. I never caught any cards and busted sometime in level 6.

I was honestly very disappointed at this point to be out of the tournament, but I am a professional and had other tournaments that I had to continue playing. I really believed that this was the end of things. At some point during the afternoon, I came across a posting on a poker forum that I found very upsetting. Somebody posted that MR. Joe Hachem finished the tournament in 1,980th place, very early in the rebuy hour electing not to rebuy at all. It was then brought up that your “pros” were contracted to play in all of the WCOOP events you guys are running. Now, I can’t confirm this to be factual, but looking at the events, it appears that the majority of your pros are registered or have played in the majority of the events. It then occurred to me that hell, maybe Lee Nelson didn’t want to be here playing either and just decided to make a call that would either A. most likely be found in the rebuy hour or B. most likely be found in a one dollar tournament. I mean it was apparent that Mr. Hachem had little interest in playing this event, so maybe Mr. Nelson felt the same way. Now keep in mind these thoughts came to me with absolutely no knowledge of how Mr. Nelson played the rebuy hour, and how much he invested in this tournament. Quite honestly though, I feel if you guys are making your “pros” play in these events that they have no interest in playing or taking seriously, and they show up to dump off their chips only because they have to make their required “appearance”, that this is bull shit and hurts the integrity of the game. This was just the first sour taste that my mouth received.

So I continued to play my tournaments, keeping an eye on a few tables that I had some friends at. It was pretty deep in the tournament when the player Martine23, a friend of mine, informed me that he was still alive in the WCOOP event. I pulled up the table and there was Mr. Nelson sitting at his table also with a very nice stack. I observed in silence for a few minutes, when I noticed an observer type in “ hi Lee, GL to you.” To which Lee responded “ ty xxxxx.” I don’t remember the observer’s screen name but he responded back specifically to them. So I thought to myself, ok cool, Lee is talking to the observers, maybe I can get some insight to his thought process on the hand. I then myself said “Hi Lee,” and waited for him to respond back to me. I was actually looking forward to hopefully getting to ask him about the hand since I had taken the time to cool down and was no longer steaming over the incident. A few hands passed and there was no response from Lee. I then typed in the following chat, which I copied and saved from the actual chat log.

BeL0WaB0Ve [observer]: I never got a chance to ask you.... but what did u put me on when you called off 8500 more with J9s on J hi rainbow flop 10 hands after the rebuy hr stopped?
Dealer: Game #6372330677: mr. burns wins pot (8850)
Dealer: LeeNelsonP*, it's your turn. You have 15 seconds to act
Dealer: Kallles, it's your turn. You have 15 seconds to act
Dealer: LeeNelsonP*, it's your turn. You have 15 seconds to act
Dealer: LeeNelsonP*, it's your turn. You have 15 seconds to act
Dealer: Martine23 has a pair of Tens
Dealer: LeeNelsonP* has a pair of Jacks
Dealer: Game #6372341125: LeeNelsonP* wins pot (23850) with a pair of Jacks
BeL0WaB0Ve [observer]: no answer, huh?
Dealer: Game #6372365463: DrViken wins pot (8850)
Dealer: sorerichard, it's your turn. You have 15 seconds to act
Dealer: Game #6372374897: LeeNelsonP* wins pot (4350)
BeL0WaB0Ve [observer]: i guess ill just assume u guys r all contracted to play in all of the wsoop events, and u werent taking the game serious.
BeL0WaB0Ve [observer]: very nice representation of the site sir

As you can see, after asking him about the specific hand, I gave him a few moments to respond. I then tried to get him to acknowledge me again before typing in my true feelings about Mr. Nelson and your site. It really pissed me off that he acknowledged somebody else but never acknowledged me. I kept the table open for a long time and he never responded. This was the tip of the iceberg for me and motivated me to e-mail you personally.

I started playing online poker at Pokerstars, and it is widely recognized as my home site. I spent the whole summer in Las Vegas for the WSOP, and spent a lot of time in the poker stars suite. Your people were great. I had used W$ to buy into a few of the preliminary events there and when I showed up to wear my poker stars gear Sharon Goldman and Host Patrick understood how I was uncomfortable wearing collared shirts at the poker table, and Sharon had a couple of hooded sweatshirts flown in from the FPP store for me instead. They didn’t stop there. The two of them put in a lot of effort, and got my Pokerstars name embroider on the sweatshirts for me. I wore those sweatshirts the rest of the summer at every tournament I played. This is why I have always loved Pokerstars.

The events of today have hurt my opinion of your site. I’m really interested to hear your take on the events that happened, and about your “pros” being contracted to play in the WCOOP because they represent your site.


BeL0WaB0Ve



END OF EMAIL 1

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Old 02-19-2007, 01:04 PM
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Well Stars didnt respond to that. Probably because, in essence, it is a bad beat story. Belowabove continued a few weeks later, emailing Poker Stars partly as a reminder about the lack of response and partly to try to get Stars to introduce a capping system for re-buys. A form of pre-imposed self-control if you like. Anyway here is that email :-

EMAIL NO.2 :-


by BeL0WaB0Ve on 11th Oct 2006


Dear Lee Jones-


Good afternoon Mr. Jones, this is BeL0WaB0Ve e-mailing you again. Because the WCOOP was going on, I think you may have overlooked my first e-mail that I sent you on September 22, 2006. I understand you were very busy and I don’t hold any ill feelings. I have an even more important and urgent issue regarding the Pokerstars software. Hear me out on this please, because I think this is something that could make your site a considerable amount of money if added.



Rebuy tournaments are very popular on the internet, and most all of the top players play multiple rebuy tournaments daily. Most of us rebuy players are also what I call “rebuy-degen’s” (short for degenerate), which is why I came up with the “rebuy degen option”. What this would be is a way for Pokerstars to limit how many times a player may rebuy in a single tournament, and would be set by the individual player, and enforced by your site. At the beginning of each month, a player would have the option to subscribe to this feature, at a price determined by Pokerstars, but I think $499.99 per month would be a fair price for full package, with individual packages or special group packages available at a rate that would be determined by the tournament buy-in or buy-ins. Once a player clicks to subscribe, a box would pop-up that would look something like this…..



Tournament Maximum number of rebuys

3r this window would have option to select the maximum number of rebuys

5r

10r

20r

30r

50r

weekday 100r

Saturday 100r

Sunday 100r

200r



Once a player selects their personal guidelines for the month, this number can not be changed until they subscribe next month. The reason why there would be 3 different 100 rebuy options is because the weekend 100 rebuys generally have a larger prize pool and a player may feel that they are worth spending a few extra rebuys. When a subscribing player enters a rebuy tournament, Pokerstars would have to decide how to inform the player how many rebuys they are allowed to take in this tournament before they are forced to quit. One option would be a “rebuys left box” just under the avatar and chip count of each player, which only the individual player would be able to see. The second option would be to have the remaining rebuys pop-up everytime a player makes a rebuy. I personally like the first option best.



I know a lot of players who would purchase this option, adding many thousands of dollars to the income of your site (perhaps helping to contribute towards the taxes your site will eventually have to pay towards the US government to prevent online poker from becoming illegal for U.S players.) I know at least 187 players who would purchase some portion of this package, and that is just the count I came up with while writing this. JohnnyBax and sheets would like you to seriously consider getting this done as soon as possible and have offered to contribute towards the cost of the software development. Let me know what you think of my idea and the chances of stars implementing this.

Sincerely,
BeL0WaB0Ve

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He's a prat anyway. No wonder his chat has been banned - not before time prbbably!


BTW It wasnt a player at the table who grassed him, it was a railbird. That's abit loose. railing and shopping him...not good.

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This is complete bullshit. What a sensitive prick to go and email support about him saying "get aids." Cause his brother in law or something recently passed away from AIDS. I garuntee you if he said I hope you slip on a used tampon and fall under a city bus, the guy would email support because it happened to his sister in law 2 yrs ago. Garuntee it. People should not take offense to what others say in chat becuase it happens to all of us, and there is no getting around it. Don't pay attention to it and be a strong person about it not a whistle blower. And yes he has said similar comments at B&M's to other players, this is not out of the ordianry for him. Critisizm is a part of poker, and there are alot of disrespectful players. Deal with it.

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This is complete bullshit. What a sensitive prick to go and email support about him saying "get aids." Cause his brother in law or something recently passed away from AIDS. I garuntee you if he said I hope you slip on a used tampon and fall under a city bus, the guy would email support because it happened to his sister in law 2 yrs ago. Garuntee it. People should not take offense to what others say in chat becuase it happens to all of us, and there is no getting around it. Don't pay attention to it and be a strong person about it not a whistle blower. And yes he has said similar comments at B&M's to other players, this is not out of the ordianry for him. Critisizm is a part of poker, and there are alot of disrespectful players. Deal with it.
yep, i'd tend to agree with you. I've certainly heard far worse.

The thing that is a little sad about this is that a railbird did the reporting...thats pretty low.

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well i guess hes getting the attention he deserves.

 


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