Joined: Mar '08
Location: United Kingdom
Age: 42 (M)
Anyone seen the news on this guy.... The Portuguese Poker Prodigy has been out conning his sweat partners, he would play sessions via Skype letting him see their hole-cards, which he would then relay to the player’s opponent and in some cases its believed that he was the villian. He was also a coach on a well know poker related site with over 80 students... LockPoker statement (he was a Pro there) “All of us at Lock are horrified and incredibly disappointed by Jose’s actions. Within 10 minutes of finding out about the fraudulent behavior his LockPRO contract was terminated and his account was banned permanently. says Jennifer Larson Owner/CEO “At Lock our philosophy is based on building a deep relationship with our players and at the core of this is trust, legitimacy and loyalty. Jose’s has defrauded the players, the art of poker and the basic human relationship. LockPRO is a strong team of great people and will continue to find like minded, trust worthy, passionate players who will make us proud to be in this industry.”
Joined: May '09
Age: 35 (M)
regarding him being a good player - theres no real evidence of him winning all that money he claimed to have won. he has never revealed any of his usernames with which he won that money.
and if you read his introductory post and confession at 2p2, and take all the things into consideration. too similarity in the content of posts. talking about his family, friends etc etc. giving unnecessary colourful details to add emotional content to the posts to hide his lies. dont look like the posts a normal person in that condition would do.
imo hes fooling people from beginning and must have been doing it in the past too.
and its getting more murkier with people putting the pieces together
Joined: Apr '09
Age: 38 (M)
Posted by SuperNoob: imo hes fooling people from beginning and must have been doing it in the past too.
I agree. If you remember, all the fuss about him started with a thread asking "who is this Portuguese Poker Prodigy" and after that thread he came out with "I am Jose the Portuguese Poker Prodigy" thread, with all that family crap you mentioned.
So as somebody on 2p2 pointed out, he probably created the original thread himself, well before he done his introduction. Very well thought out and calculated scam.
Joined: Apr '09
Age: 40 (M)
Shame on you. You are as portuguese as José Durão Barroso, José Sócrates, Passos Coelho,...: 100% ready to cheat and get personal glory from it. We, the majority, are not like that minority of rude selfish greedy pigs, but unfortunately they have to much power to undermine our humble way of living. They are not the rule, they are the exception. Please don't judge our nice country because of those corrupt pigs. We are good people, we like to welcome our visitors and we love to offer our best (like food, hospitality and climate). Blessings on every decent human being in the world, they shall rule this world for good.
Yeah true, It's the same thing here in Canada. A lot of people don't realise they actually represent their country. In the long run, selfish stupid people that don't think before they act can ruin a country's reputation, even in real life. I hope he pays for it.
Joined: Nov '09
Age: 53 (M)
Posted by TheMachineQC: Yeah true, It's the same thing here in Canada. A lot of people don't realise they actually represent their country. In the long run, selfish stupid people that don't think before they act can ruin a country's reputation, even in real life. I hope he pays for it.
The portuguese people I have know in this country are very nice and generous, and nobody should take one bad apple as representing the general attitude of a country.
The idea of representing your country is not one to be taken lightly, especially when you are abroad. I try and teach this idea to my kids because when you are in a different country, you might be the only person from your country they have ever met and they will form their opinion of your country based partially on what they see from you.
Joined: Mar '09
Age: 45 (F)
I dont think that actions of a poker player either he is a pro or not can represent a whole country. In either case. And not only poker players. If that was the case i believe that every single one of us would hate all the countries in the world including his own. Cause to be honest there are morons everywhere
Yeah I totally agree with you guys, but still if some unlucky guy meets 5 morons in a row from Canada for exemple, he might start to generalise... And It's even more important to think about that when you travel to other countries. A good country's reputation can change, that's for sure. Just look at what happened after the Vancouver Canucks lost to the Boston Bruins (riots), the whole world saw that Canada is maybe not as peaceful as it seems from the outside.
This is far less important of course because it's the actions of a single guy. But still, he's a pro, he should atleast give the right exemple to players from his country, and as we can see, the news travel fast now!
Joined: Nov '09
Age: 53 (M)
Posted by TheMachineQC: A good country's reputation can change, that's for sure. Just look at what happened after the Vancouver Canucks lost to the Boston Bruins (riots), the whole world saw that Canada is maybe not as peaceful as it seems from the outside.
Very true, but no country seems to be immune from violent craziness these days, just look at the Norway shootings. Years ago school shootings seemed to me to be something that only happened in the United States, and then in 1989 Marc Lepine changed all that forever when he killed 14 young women in a Montreal university, one of the sickest days and most horrifying days of my life when something like that took place so close to home.