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   Thursday, April 25 2024 
Online poker: Fraud on tables of High Stakes

Once again, a new act of cheating occurred in the world of online poker. According to several sources, a German player from Munich, named Maximilian Ashkar, scammed successfully many players on cash game tables high limits. The player known by the nickname of "mexx86" defrauded about $ 400,000 by spying his opponent table's hole cards with a Trojan. Among his victims was a Swiss player who lost $ 350,000 and an Austrian poker player who was plucked a sum of about $ 40,000. Effectively, Maximilian Ashkar took advantage of the fact that he is close of the two players and installed the virus using a USB key.

The two players met Maximilian Ashkar at a stage of the Casino Austria Poker Tour tournament and forced him to admit the facts. Ashkar eventually plead guilty. Unfortunately, his confession was not taken into account by the security forces responsible of the investigation because they were obtained in a form of pressure. However, police seized computers and mobile phones of each player in order to establish further investigation. Still according to sources, Ashkar has more than twenty victims including his countryman Bernhard Braumandl and the famous champion of the European Poker Tour Tallinn, Ronny Kaiser. Braumandl told that through this scam, the German player collected more than $ 2,000,000.

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