Ali Imcerovic broke out on the high-stakes tournament stage in 2018, winning a race poker masters. The next few years were filled with several high roller victories, and in 2021 he was named Player of the Year.
Even during the pandemic when live poker was completely shut down, it seemed like Imsrovic was doing nothing wrong, playing huge bets online and winning a then-record pot.
But as it turns out, not all of Imsrovic’s internet gains were legitimate. In April of 2022, Imcerovic, who was born in Bosnia and raised in Washington, was accused of cheating by other members of the high-risk community.
Imsirovic has been called out for allegedly being banned by online poker site GG Poker, along with fellow professionals Jake Schindler and Bryn Kenney, for multi-accounting, ghosting and using RTA (Real-Time Assistance).
Despite the accusations, Imcerovic refused to make any public statement, receiving cold treatment while playing WSOP events. He was subsequently banned from PokerGO events, and another ban was rumored EPT Tournaments as well. As a result, the 28-year-old has been staying away from the world of poker.
But this weekend, after more than a year of silence, Imcerowicz released a video to “set the record straight.”
He said, “I still love poker, and I still want to play some of it. I hope this is the beginning of getting over this.”
In the 30-minute recording, Imcirovic admitted that he was banned for having multiple online accounts, as well as having $320,000 confiscated by the site.
“While I’m here letting you guys know what complete bullshit the allegations are, I’m also here to admit what I’ve done. I’ve done multiple accounts, so I have no interest in denying it. It happened. I’m sorry about that, but it happened.”
Later in the video, he also explains that he went back to multi-accounting for a short period of time after being fired due to his original ban.
He added, “I knew it was a mistake. I don’t have any excuses for that.”
A list of Imsrovic’s screen names was later posted on the Internet, but it has not been verified. There were more than a dozen people, including the rudely named “MultiAccount”.
However, the one thing Imcerovic was adamant about was that he did not use real-time assistance, nor did he hide any other player’s accounts. He also denied any connection with Schindler, although he described him as a “good friend”.
The video has not received a good response from most of the poker world. Many felt that Imserović spent most of his time explaining what he did not do rather than atoneing for what he did. Imsirovic also hinted that he wasn’t the only one who was cheating the game.
“[There was] Lots of shady shit going on in those games. I knew there were people who share cards, who go multiple, who work as teams… I will say, for some of the main accusers, that a lot of you don’t even have your own house.”
Imsrovic’s last live tournament cashout came in 2022 WSOP The main event, where he finished 229th for $46,800.
You can try to sit through the entire video below.