Poker professionals are experienced enough to know that whenever they buy in at a major tournament, there is a good chance of losing their money. Gambling only the amount that one can afford to lose is the cornerstone of responsible poker and the risks are well understood and accepted. Something that the poker pros who chose EPT Barcelona this year didn’t expect was to have their laptops stolen from their hotel rooms and then returned, most likely with some harmful software installed.
Finnish poker player Jens Kyllonen was the one to discover the scam when he realised that his laptop was missing, only to be returned minutes after. Anyone who plays high-stakes poker over the internet knows exactly how important security is, so it comes as no surprise that Jens took matters seriously. He tried to get to the bottom of this unpleasant incident with the security staff, but when Hotel Arts officials were unresponsive, he asked for the help of PokerStars.
Jens was one of the few prominent poker players who didn’t use Twitter to keep in touch with fans and fellow professionals, but this all changed after this incident. When he realised that the hotel staff might be involved and found out that another poker pro, Ignat “0human0″ Liviu was also targeted by thieves, he decided that it is time to go public. The good news is that he now has a Twitter account and those who want to follow him online will know where to look for the latest news.
He explained his entire ordeal on the popular 2+2 forum for those interested in learning the details to read the entire story. Kyllonen made a pretty convincing case, but those who don’t have the time to go over a lengthy wall of text could head on to and learn the essentials. The case is far from being solved and the suspect silence of hotel employees, prompted the Finnish poker player to claim that this was an inside job.
PokerStars told the other players while playing at European Poker Tour Barcelona that they will investigate this case closely and present their conclusions as soon as possible. Meanwhile, those who stayed at the five stars Hotel Arts during the EPT also expressed their frustration on Trip Advisor and similar websites. The prospect of having computers infected with Trojan viruses and key loggers is upsetting enough, but the fact that the staff might be involved is downright infuriating.