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JJProdigy    0

I want to start by first off apologizing for all my failed apologies in the past. It has always been my wish to come clean and be accepted into the community like I was at the very beginning of my career, but the reasons behind my words weren't what they needed to be for me to realize the impact of my actions on the players, the poker community, and the outlook on online poker by the rest of the world. I have made the decision that it is time to move on with my life and to finally mature. It is necessary that I put myself on the back burner and dedicate myself to promoting this game and to repairing the image that I have created for it.

It was never my intention for my image and negative impact on the game to get this out of hand. In the beginning, I was a misguided kid with undeveloped morals and ethics. Once I got thrown under the bus by my actions, I always wanted to come back and to return where I once was, but this thinking is exactly why I am where I am now today. I never admitted that I had a true understanding of everything that I was doing, how I was affecting such a bigger picture than just being talked about in private conversations and on the occasion poker forum thread. I never made this clear because I never truly believed it. I always just wanted to be accepted, I didn't realize the first step was to come clean and understand once and for all the impact I had on the community.

With this being said... I would like to formally apologize. I apologize for all the players I have affected and the unfair equity that I stole from them in tournaments. I apologize to the entire poker community for highlighting the flaws of internet poker and giving it such a bad reputations in parts. It is a privilege that we should all be very thankful for, and I am deeply sorry that I took advantage of it for my own personal benefits. I apologize to everyone I offended, whether it be top name pros or micro stake grinders. I apologize to all those that have been close to me and have been affected negatively for associating with me. It is not fair for these people to be punished for my actions, but it is a grouping affect that they had to be aware they were getting themselves into.

I would also live to say that I am not the poker god that I tend to be talked up to be on the forums. My accomplishments have been vastly exaggerated, even by those close to me. I am aware that a part of this persona I have been given is because I have been the mentor to many phenomenal poker players in their own rights. I have to renounce this, however, and say that I have been very blessed to have such great minds come to me with the desire to improve and learn. I did nothing for them that they could have not have done for themselves. I merely helped them open their minds and to see their potential. I am very thankful for the praise I get for this, but I assure you I did very little and am merely very lucky to have worked with such great minds.

It is unfair how highly I am looked upon as a poker player, as well. No one should ever get some of the praises I get. I assure you that in poker, no one is vastly greater than anyone else on any given day. Poker is about evolving and adapting to every single hand in every single situation. The game merely rewards those who are bright enough to keep up with it.

I also haven't made nearly as much money as people think I have. I have lost a majority of my worth through the forms of failed staking arrangements. This is also something that tends to be greatly exaggerated.

Starting now, I will dedicate as much time and effort as needed in an attempt to right my wrongs of the past and restore faith in online poker. I understand if I cannot be forgiven for my actions, but I would like to repair the bad image the I helped create. I want to work with major poker sites and offer my guidance on how I feel this can be stopped completely and wiped out of online poker. Security is evolving everyday to get more sophisticated, and I commend the sites for that.

It is time that I move on with my life and right the wrongs of my past. I sincerely apologize for the mistakes that I have made and the corrupt image I have made for such a unique and beautiful game. The time calls for me to do everything in my part to receive forgiveness and to try to prevent any abuse to go on in the future. I will volunteer my time to the top sites if they will have me. I will also answer any questions that anyone might have, either about myself or my actions. I understand that the road to recovery is long and bumpy, but I assure you I will do everything in my power to amend my past and move on to a more ethical, aware, and self-understanding future.

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how much was the rate for buying an account? can u giv an example or 2?

how much have u had confiscated from sites? even w/ party poker included?

do u think that ur gonna get ur ass kicked from this?

hows ur gramma? did she ever know? or did u line up a sik retirement home for her?

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JJProdigy    0

nice start (again)

don't know you JJ but hope this is sincere, we are a society that if you are pretty, rich, good looking, or talented we will forgive and embrace, see ray lewis, kobe, paris etc

but from reading mantis and stealth's posts it seems guys don't get why your associates were banned when they feel nothing wrong occurred.

could you explain to these guys in your words why they deserve the banhammer? pstars has their own reasons, i have a few of mine but i think if you explained to all those who feel nothing was done wrong could hear it from the horses mouth it would not only help a lot of us, it would show you in a different light

I think I recently said this, but looking at their transaction history, we were trasnferring back and forths 10s of ks on a frequent basis. All of my accounts were linked to this and they could see my progression of accoutns just through the transfering history with these guys.

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trajan30    7

I say you SHOULD NOT reveal how you cheated to the masses. If you do it will only help others do the same.

I strongly agree with this.

Making this information public knowledge would be a huge mistake.

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I_Blade_U    0

1. will u teach me so u dont have to MA?

2. are you a multi millionaire?

3. whats the highest stakes cash uve played?

4. why are some horses so good and some suck soo bad?

5. were u at the USC - OSU game?

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JJProdigy    0

JJ

how did you cash out / how did you get the money you had won out of the poker sites and into your bank account? did you transfer money from you account to an account of one of your friends/stakees and then get the money from them?

I never cashed out. Whatever I won, I invested (and lost) in backing. People overvalue my networth extremely.

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sobizzle21    0

JJ

how did you cash out / how did you get the money you had won out of the poker sites and into your bank account? did you transfer money from you account to an account of one of your friends/stakees and then get the money from them?

would like to know this

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threebanger    0

It's hard to believe this is sincere considering the past. I would say one major component of receiving some real forgiveness would be finding a way to pay restitution to as many affected parties as you possibly can. With your skill level, you obviously will make all of it back in the future and then some.

All of this is very heart-rending but in the end nothing says "I'm sorry" like cold, hard cash. Don't try to rationalize this fact away (it's difficult, it's hard to measure what I took from who, etc.), just accept it and make some type of gesture of this type. Even if you can't completely account for the dollar amount of wrong and harm you have caused, doing something will go a long way to smooth over the angry feelings you have created along the way. Expecting your victims to simply forgive you for the sake of forgiveness means nothing if you continue to spend what should have been their hard-earned and honestly won money.

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swd805    0

JJ

how did you cash out / how did you get the money you had won out of the poker sites and into your bank account? did you transfer money from you account to an account of one of your friends/stakees and then get the money from them?

I never cashed out. Whatever I won, I invested (and lost) in backing. People overvalue my networth extremely.

QFBullshit

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GrayFOX22    0

Good point Poncho. The best way to accomplish something like this is, like poncho said, to reveal everything. Explain where the "weak spots" and loopholes are, how you did exploit them, and how you might exploit them again. Then you can formulate a way to prevent these and help the poker site find its leaks.

So the best way to prevent people from mutli-accounting in the future is to given everyone a detailed explanation of how people have successfully cheated other people out of thousands of dollars doing it?

Tell the sites how it happened and how they can prevent it from happening again before you divulge this information to the public.

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Oh, and regardless of how much you apologize, known cheaters should not be given inside information on the security systems poker sites have in place, period. I don't claim to know whether or not you're sincere in your apology and desire to reform, and I do hope for your sake more than everyone else's that you are, but you don't give the fox the keys to the chicken coop no matter how well behaved he is. Let's not create the temptation for someone trying to reform to cheat by making it easier on them to beat the system.

I wholeheartedly agree that no one should be given access to such secure information. Rather, the site should use someone like this as an "outside consultant" for informational purposes to educate it's internal employees. Like a case study of sorts.

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Some have pointed out the big tourneys you have played in the last month and a half, including the $10k WCOOP just last week. Explanation? Was this most recent apology the result of another epiphany in the middle of the night? Are you going to disclose names you will be playing under in the future?

I wish you good luck on following through this time. It appears to me you have an addiction (to money) and have yet to walk the talk. Consult with Justin Bonomo, in my opinion.

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DWilliams    0

Why do you write one of these lame apologies everytime you or one of your ass clowns get caught?? Dude....nobody believes you. I seriously doubt I will ever be in any of the same live tournaments as you or one of your BJ buddies, but I might....I will be sure to introduce myself to each of you.

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Fife19    0

What exactly are you confessing to? I mean everyone knows you play/played on a ridiculous amount of names. Are you saying that this is all you did? Not to say that MA'ing isnt a big issue.... But youve apologized 30 times and havnt admitted doing anything from what I've read.

I dont want to accuse you or others involved with you, so I'll leave the account buying, account handing off and exactly how many players you had "playing for you and xxx" up to you to either divulge or ignore.

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Blackout4    0

"God grant me the serenity

to accept the things I cannot change;

courage to change the things I can;

and wisdom to know the difference.

"

 

Unfortunately, everyone on this site has never done anything wrong in their lives or given a second chance or 3rd chance - There is reason things like GA, AA, etc are around bc they work - GL with ur effort in changing, wish u all the best

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jtown1010    0

I think you're a good guy Josh, I doubt very many 16-18 year old kids would pass on the opportunity to make the kind of money you made even if it meant breaking some rules, considering there were no legal reprocutions. I'm sure you'll be all right in life without poker, and hopefully the sites will allow you back in time. It's kind of sad that people are so worked up about this issue, obv it's wrong to cheat but I'd say you've been the guy that takes more heat than anybody, even websites that actually have it set up so it's impossible to win. GL with whatever you do for the time being, if it's school or other poker sites, or new accounts.

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you must have had monies coming in from somewhere right??

also are u planning to jus play live from now on or do you paly on any other sites?

oh and a good idea to give something back to the communtiy might be some kind of free instructional vid :) oh and post in pd

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Leet8s    3

JJ: You said that you respect Pokerstar's and Full Tilt's bans and that you are a mature person and that you accept them. So now you are saying that you will not play on these sites again under any different names because you accept your ban?

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acp    12

"God grant me the serenity

to accept the things I cannot change;

courage to change the things I can;

and wisdom to know the difference.

"

 

Unfortunately, everyone on this site has never done anything wrong in their lives or given a second chance or 3rd chance - There is reason things like GA, AA, etc are around bc they work - GL with ur effort in changing, wish u all the best

quoted for brilliance

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leftygrove    0

hey man, you've done some crazy shit and it's easy for people to forget you're just 16. we all make mistakes. if you are really genuine with this apology and you're not just bullshitting us, then you got my respect.

hope to see you on the tables sometime. (well, not really. stay away from my tables plz. i like chips)

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acp    12

wait this kind of reminds me you were already banned right?

so, this apology (yes it is on the day after mantis and sooners got banned etc) is actually not because you were caught doing anything further right?

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