Sorel Mizzi Cheats Again?

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2011. February 22.
We wrote about the <em>"new and better"</em> <strong>Sorel Mizzi </strong>only a few days ago about<em> Full Tilt</em> unbanned him, forgiving his multi-accounting cheat he committed back in 2007, there's a new accusation of him being a cheater. <strong>John Racener</strong> is the accuser.
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Sorel Mizzi

As we wrote recently, Sorel Mizzi was caught cheating in 2007, when he bought Chris Vaughn's account 'BluffMagCV' when he was running deep in an FTP tournament, which he managed to win. However, having multiple accounts is illegal, so he was banned from Full Tilt and also had to face the judgements of the poker community that called him a cheater. Soon he was able to regain some of his reputation, also being elected the Player of the Year by BLUFF Magazine, he's again accused with cheating.

In a recent TwoPlusTwo post, Shaun Deeb wrote about Mizzi trying to rip John Racener off, when the two played Chinese poker back at the PCA in January. According to Racener, Mizzi allegedly shuffled the deck in a way to be able to deal a joker to himself. Here's a part of the post:

"So sorel and John during pca were doing lots of gambling towards the end of the trip sorel says lets play chinese and says we should also play with a joker. They also did some weird scoring when whoever won most pts/hands every 10 hands the winner gets 5k, sorel had tried to bump up the stakes a few times as well to might higher. So they are rotating the deal and the dealer gets the 14th card in 1 of their hands. Racener has played a ton of live poker so he tends to know procedure and what to look for. He notices sorels shuffling is leaving the 2 bottom cards in place they haven't moved from the deck. As he starts to deal he notices the first card he deals himself is the bottom card of the deck. He keeps watching sorel and once he's done dealing john says hes going take the hand with 14 cards in it sorel goes into a tantrum saying it's his hand his deal. John says I know what you were doing picks up the 14 card pile and shows the bottom card which is the joker. He tells sorel he's not paying him whatever amount hes down 5-20k and that he's a scumbag etc."

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John Racener with the Joker ( 2+2 fake)

According to Deeb, after he contacted Mizzi, he made up various excuses to his cheating saying he had problems with his prescription drugs, and that the death of a family member upset him. Soon he began to beg and cry to Racener to not tell anybody about his cheating. Not much later, he outright rejected the accusations, saying he didn't deal a joker to himself. He also went on to rant about how he always gets accused "like every 2 months" - as Mizzi comments.

If all of this is true, and Racener hasn't made it up, this might be the end of Sorel Mizzi's credibility. Neither Racener nor Deeb has the motive to denigrate the Canadian, so far he doesn't do a good job defending himself. Due to the high demand, John Racener talked to quadjacks about the case. You can listen to the interview below.

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