Either he doesn’t learn or he doesn’t care.
Josh “JJProdigy” Field, has been banned from his fourth online poker room. This time, it was actually an entire network – the Cake Poker Network. Recently, Bluff Magazine announced the list of invitees for its new Bluff Online Poker Challenge, which will be held at Lock Poker, a room on the Cake Network. The field consists of top internet pros, and to the horror of most in the online poker community, JJProdigy, the most notorious cheater before Potripper/NioNio, was included. This is the same guy who had already been banned from three of the giants of the industry: Party Poker, PokerStars, and Full Tilt Poker. Of course, Lock Poker officials had their eyes on him as soon as he created an account, and sure enough, they caught him cheating once again.
While Lock Poker has not officially divulged what JJProdigy did, word on the street is that he allowed a player or players he had been staking to play on his account. Once again, JJProdigy can’t seem to follow the “one account” to a player rule.
Back in February 2006, JJProdigy was found to have multi-accounted in the Party Poker weekly $500,000 guaranteed tournament. One of the accounts he used in the tournament was the now infamous “ABlackCar,” which ended up winning the whole thing and taking down the $140,000 first prize. Party Poker quickly caught on and banned JJProdigy (along with all of his accounts) just a few days later, confiscating ABlackCar’s winnings, along with another $40,000 in his “real” account.
PokerStars had also been suspicious of JJProdigy and banned him after they discovered that he multi-accounted on their site, too. Full Tilt followed. To make matters worse, it was discovered that JJProdigy was only 16 years old and thus not yet of legal age to gamble.
In late 2007, PokerStars also banned JJProdigy from any live tournaments it organized, such as the PokerStars Carribean Adventure, now a stop on the European Poker Tour.
In what became one heck of a month back in February 2006, Justin “ZeeJustin” Bonomo was also found to have multi-accounted on Party Poker. He was caught largely due to e-mails from other players and ended up having almost $100,000 confiscated by Party. Just like with JJProdigy, ZeeJustin was also caught by PokerStars and banned from that site.
Both players eventually penned apologies to the online poker community, but whereas ZeeJustin so far seems to have cleaned up his act (he has had some success at both World Poker Tour and World Series of Poker events and has been signed by Bodog), JJProdigy keeps trying to game the system. In fact, PokerStars banned several of his cohorts in 2008 for allegedly attempting to help get him back onto the site, under the radar of PokerStars security.
One of the funniest aspects of this whole thing is Bluff’s comments about including a scumbag in its competition. Eric Morris, publisher and co-founder of the magazine said, “We knew that putting Field in would raise some eyebrows. However, we felt we’d done our due diligence and in conversations with him he made it clear that he was ready to make amends for his previous actions. Unfortunately it turns out that that wasn’t quite the case.”
Oh, really? Did he say something like this, which was part of his apology after being nabbed by Party Poker and PokerStars: “I give my word that I will never multi-account again, and I will not play online until I am 18. I apologize to the sites that I unfairly took advantage of. I don’t expect to be forgiven right away, but I hope I can earn the forgiveness of the community, the sites, and even my friends.”
It’s amazing how hollow those words ring. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.

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