Jason Koon, a high-profile poker player and former ambassador for GGPoker, has announced to step up from the site, thereby leaving his position just as fellow high-stakes player Fedor Holz embraced a new role within the same company. Koon, known for his significant contributions to the poker world and ranking third on the all-time money list, expressed his departure succinctly: “GGPoker and I have gone our separate ways,” he stated on X, adding, “I wish them continued success.”
GGPoker and I have gone our separate ways. I wish them continued success. @GGPoker
— Jason Koon (@JasonKoon) February 7, 2024
Koon’s association with GGPoker began in 2021 when he was appointed as an Integrity Ambassador, a role in which he led the Poker Integrity Council (PIC) established by GGPoker in July 2022 to address and mitigate cheating in poker. Despite his respected status and efforts to uphold the integrity of the game, Koon did not disclose the reasons behind his decision to leave GGPoker.
The announcement of Koon’s exit came shortly before Fedor Holz, another prominent figure in the poker world and a member of the PIC, revealed his assumption of the Integrity Ambassador role. Holz, who has been with GGPoker since 2020, emphasized the importance of fair play and security, stating, “ensuring fair play and security will be my top priority.”
This change in ambassadors occurs amidst a backdrop of increased scrutiny over online poker’s integrity, highlighted by a recent controversy where GGPoker banned a player known as “Moneytaker69” for superusing, seizing $30,000 in ill-gotten gains. The incident has prompted calls from the poker community for more proactive measures against cheating, a challenge Holz is ready to tackle. “I am in direct contact with the security team and will involve myself more in the processes and directly contribute to enhance the security of the games on GG,” Holz declared, acknowledging the challenges posed by advancing technology but affirming his commitment to improving online security.
In response to these concerns, GGPoker reiterated its dedication to maintaining the integrity and security of its games, asserting, “the security and integrity of our games is our priority” and promising to combat cheating in all its forms with all available resources. This ongoing commitment comes as GGPoker continues to navigate the complexities of ensuring a fair and secure online poker environment.
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