In a blog most he made last week, poker player Brian Townsend, who is also known by his famous screenname “sbrugby”, told the world that he indeed has used two accounts at two of the largest online poker rooms, Full Tilt Poker and Poker Stars.
Townsend is also a pro at Cardrunners.com, which is a poker education site where the instructors teach through video clips of their play accompanied by explanations from the pros. Townsend made a decision to announce his guilt after talking with Lee Jones, the former CEO of Poker Stars who is now the COO of Cardrunners.
Townsend has been known for playing on Poker Stars as “aba20” but also played under the account “Makersmark66” which he used in lower stakes games. On Full Tilt Townsend has the screenname of “Brian Townsend” but he also played as “stellarnebula.”
Townsend also announced that he will donate $25,000 to charity as part of his apology. In his apology he finished with the following statement: “I hope that people can not only look to me for poker education but also for the way to live their lives. I made a mistake and am willing to take responsibility for it. I am willing to stand up and face the music. I apologize to the entire online community. I will never participate in this type of activity in the future. This post should act as a full admission of my guilt, and I sincerely apologize to anyone that I’ve wronged.”
Full Tilt Poker responded quickly to Townsend’s post, suspending Townsend from his status as a “red pro” for a period of six months. Poker Stars has yet to comment on the matter.