WSOP Investigates Martin Kabrhel Following Cheating Allegations, Cease and Desist Sent Via Twitter?

Written by:
Nagesh Rath
Published on:
Jun/22/2023

The World Series of Poker says it is investigating allegations that Czech Republic champ Martin Kabrhel may have cheated during this past weekend's $250,000 buy-in Super High Roller No-Limit Hold'em. Kabrhel finished third in the event, pocketing a cool $2.3 million.

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Pro Dan Smith made the allegations but admitted he could not prove, among other things, Kabrhel was marking cards

Fellow pro Andrew Robl posted a video of the Czech player allegedly engaging in the suspect behavior in question.

"How is Martin Kabrhel not banned from the WSOP? He makes any tournament no fun for anyone and on top of it I’ve seen him mark cards in every tournament I’ve ever played with him.

"Reading his card markings or is he just using his X-Ray vision superpower?"

He continued.

"If I knew he was going to be in any tournament I’d rather not play, imagine how recreational players must feel.

The World Series of Poker confirmed to David Schoen it was looking into this past weekend's allegations.

"While we do not discuss specific security protocols used to monitor players and gaming equipment, the integrity of the game remains paramount and we can assure fellow patrons that we are taking these allegations very seriously. As this is an ongoing investigation, there is no further comment on the matter at this time."

In response, attorney Daniel B. Ravicher sent a cease and desist order via Twitter to Robl and others.

"This firm represents Martin Kabrhel with respect to your false and defamatory statements that he is a cheater and marks cards. The purpose of this letter is not to debate the demerits of your baseless allegations, but rather simply to provide you notice that this firm is preparing to file legal claims on behalf of Mr. Kabrhel against you.

"As such, you must from this time forward preserve any and all materials, including but not limited to messages (including but not limited to email, text, WhatsApp, Signal, Telegram, and social media DMs), documents, publications (including but not limited to tweets and other social media posts, whether private or public), notes, drafts, audio or video recordings, and call logs, bearing any relation or relevance to Mr. Kabrhel. Failing to preserve these materials is grounds for Mr. Kabrhel to ask that sanctions be imposed against you by the court before which this matter will be resolved.

"To be absolutely clear, Mr. Kabrhel is not a cheater. He does not mark cards. You have said these false things with malicious intent. We will prove this in court and ask that you be ordered to compensate him for any and all injury caused by your statements."

- Nagesh Rath, Gambling911.com

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