Online poker giant PokerStars had its landmark 70 billionth hand dealt on Friday, and controversy soon followed as to how the winner got to the hand.
A German punter with the online alias "koenigskeba" won the $73,380 prize, but accusations that he and another player "DodgeUrOuts" were working together to game the sweepstakes.
Looking into the hand histories of the two players at the table, a $.25/.50 no limit hold'em setup, showed that the two players were open folding for hours before the landmark hand. By not paying rake, accusations were made that the two players were positioning themselves to win the jackpot.
PokerStars officials began an investigation into the incident and stated that the two players' conducts was indeed contrary to the spirit of the competition, but added that the act did not violate the terms and conditions of the site.
The prize will remain with the two Germans.
In the aftermath of the scandal, PokerStars has said they intend to remedy the terms of future contests to ensure everyone is playing fairly.