Online Poker Prodigy Turned Grifter – “Girah” Comes Clean

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After a meteoric rise to fame, made even more famous by landing a lucrative online poker playing deal in March 2011; José “Girah” Macedo, a so-called poker prodigy has come clean. How an 18 year old boy managed to bluff to this extent has shocked the online poker community! In an incredible twist to this tale of apparent success, more information is coming to light.

So Far the story goes; as a 16 year old, he talked his mother into making a $30 deposit at Betfair Poker, from which he made $2 million. Posting this info at the Two+Two poker strategy discussion group got the story out to the public; it is this story that led to his becoming the toast of the town. It landed him a lucrative deal with Lock Poker! The boy then went on to defraud his online poker “friends” out of $30 000. Where on Earth did he come from, and how did he learn so young?

Effectively he engineered a social scam to separate poker players from their money. As far as we know at this point in time, the sting involved pushing or “sweating” players to go up against “Sauron1989”. This player was Macedo himself, however players became suspicious because of his pushy tactics. He would obtain information on their hole cards, on the pretense of giving advice, then “Sauron1989”, would obviously win the game.

He totally abused his position as part of a heads up strategy team – after “ImFromSweden” lost $10,000 over 70 hands to “sauron1989,” and ten days later “jajay1963″ lost $21,900 to the same player. Both these players suspected foul play and“jajay1963″ approached the discussion group creator. It did not take long for them to determine that every time “sauron1989” logged on or out, Macedo would log on and out too. Two+Two approached him and Macedo then came clean. He has offered to pay back this money. Online poker experts believe this may only be the tip of the iceberg in respect of the scam.

Written by Neha A


    • There’s a difference???

      grift (grft) Slang
      1. Money made dishonestly, as in a swindle.
      2. A swindle or confidence game.
      v. grift·ed, grift·ing, grifts
      To engage in swindling or cheating.
      To obtain by swindling or cheating.

      scam (skm) Slang
      A fraudulent business scheme; a swindle.
      tr.v. scammed, scam·ming, scams
      To defraud; swindle.


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