Jose “Girah” Macedo disqualified from Lock Pro challenge

Jose “Girah” Macedo disqualified from Lock Pro challenge

Friday, 6 May 2011

Jose Macedo is a recently-famous name in the poker world. The “Portuguese Poker Prodigy” moved from micros to the nosebleeds in just one year – and all before his 18th birthday. Now Macedo is one of the world’s best heads-up No Limit players and was looking to play the durrrrr challenge prior to Black Friday.

Last week, he won the Bluff Lock Pro Challenge playing on his sponsoring network, Merge. Macedo earned six figures during the challenge but has been disqualified for multi-accounting, despite earning enough to win the challenge outright on his primary account. Michael Drummond, who made $90k, now takes the prize.

"I'm deeply sorry for having broken the rules," Macedo said. " I truly had no intention of circumventing the rules in any way. Though it is no excuse, I want to be fully transparent at this point to let the poker world know what has happened and why. The computer in question was my backer, who logged into my account to check my balance and ended up playing some $25/$50 PLO while I was asleep and lost some money.

"Though on the merit of my own legitimate play I had enough winnings to win the Bluff Challenge, in light of the way things appear, I fully support and respect Lock's decision to disqualify me and hand over the challenge to the second place winner.

“Once again, I truly regret that all of this has happened the way it has, and I hope that I can win back the generous support and understanding of the players who have believed in me so far. I will be issuing a more comprehensive explanation of what happened on my blog. Thank you.”

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