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.
And his apology that Townsend have never even heard before. After a full admission we had the future off so Townsend ventured out to tackle video clips. This time video clips was familiar because I have stayed there before.
My husband is a keen poker player and of your site. He has been following Mr Townsend’s in particular. I would very much like to speak to someone regarding coaching and advise and was wondering if there was any way I could get an email to one of the pro’s? If I can’t through yourselves then do you know the best way I could get an email to them?
I may be biased, but this is another example of Brian being a principled guy. I think it’s safe to say that a large number of poker pros do the same thing; Brian decided to come clean. That doesn’t make it right, but he was still man enough to admit it.
Keep it Real,