WSOP winner Darren Woods pleads guilty to fraud

Daniel Smyth in Poker News 29 Oct 2014
Poker pro Darren Woods has pleaded guilty to charges of fraud. (credit:WSOP)

Britsh poker pro Darren Woods has pleaded guilty in court to registering multiple account with various online operators according to a report from Humberside police.

Woods, a WSOP bracelet winner in 2011, appeared in court earlier this month charged with crimes relating to multi-accounting and claiming money under false pretences, After initially refuting the allegations, Woods changed his plead earlier this week and admitted that he'd registered a number of accounts using other people's details. 

According to a statement by police, Woods "opened accounts with a number of gambling companies using the details of his friends and family.

Alongside his father, Morteza Gharoon, who was charged with and subsequently admitted to money laundering, Woods is believed to have made more than ¬£140,000 between 2007 and 2011. 

In order to process the fund he obtained through online poker bonuses and winnings at the virtual felt, Woods used the online payment processor, Skrill (known as Moneybookers at the time).

"Woods is known to have used the electronic payment service 'Moneybookers Ltd. He opened accounts in same third-party names which then allowed him to send monies to and from the gambling accounts. These accounts were affiliated back to himself," read the police report. 

A History of Deception

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Woods admits his bluff

Suspicions  over Wood's online activities were first raised by members of the poker community back in 2011. In a forum post on 2+2, online grinder, 'feruell', called out Woods for multi-accounting. Referencing Wood's screen name, 'Dooshcom', the forum poster, who played high limit Hold'em under the handle 'jama-dharma', claimed that he could prove his opponent was in control of several accounts. Moreover, 'feruell' also postulated that Woods was also working with a friend to dupe high stakes regulars out of millions:

"Darren Woods, known as Dooshcom, a sponsored 888 poker pro and a WSOP winner, colluded with his friend Benkaremail (real name unknown) at the 500-1000 shortstack tables."

Sentencing Woods


Following their admission of guilt, both Woods and Gharoon were released on bail pending sentencing on December 7. Given the nature of the crimes and the amount of money involved, it's likely that Woods will face some kind of custodial sentence.


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WSOP winner Darren Woods pleads guilty to fraud

Britsh poker pro Darren Woods has pleaded guilty in court to registering multiple account with various online operators according to a report from Humberside police.

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