The multi-accounting accusations never seem to end in the world of online poker. This week, it is high-stakes cash game player Jay “KRANTZ” Rosenkrantz under fire from the poker community. Rosenkrantz, who starred in G4’s online poker series “2 Months, $2 Million,” was the focus of a post by TwoPlusTwo member “CrazyMan1122,” who suggested that Rosenkrantz had used a friend’s account to play nosebleed games against unsuspecting opponents back in 2007.
In the post, “CrazyMan1122” referenced a March 2010 blog written by Rosenkrantz’s roommate, nicknamed “J-Mac,” that discussed Rosenkrantz and friend Emil “whitelime” Patel’s history against Phil Ivey. In the blog, “J-Mac” posted a screenshot he took while watching Patel play against Ivey at a $200/$400 table. At the time, “J-Mac” was logged in under the account “WastedPotential.”
Back in 2007, “Wasted Potential” gained fame in the community for rapidly shifting from $1/$2 No Limit Hold’em cash games to nosebleed games as high as $200/$400. There was lengthy debate among players as to who the account belonged to. And, nearly four years later, those questions were answered when Rosenkrantz responded to “CrazyMan1122’s” allegations in the thread on Tuesday.
“Yes, ‘WastedPotential’ was my old roommate and yes we played on his account (for a very brief period of time, maybe only a few sessions),” said Rosenkrantz, who plays on Full Tilt Poker as “Pr1nnyraid.” “It was a few years ago, I regret doing it, and I stopped doing after it was clearly decided in the community to not be OK. Things were different a few years ago, the game has changed very quickly, it was in a ways like the Wild West.”
However, several members of the TwoPlusTwo forum were quick to find proof that the “WastedPotential” account had played a $500/$1,000 Pot Limit Omaha session against Full Tilt pro Patrik Antonius as recently as October 5th, 2010, losing close to $400,000 to the Finnish superstar in a five-hour span. Again, Rosenkrantz quickly replied, saying, “That was news to me too. Just called ‘J-Mac,’ he will post in here and explain ASAP.”
“J-Mac” then gave his side of the story: “That was not Jay (Krantz) playing on the account in October. But it also was not me. Here’s what happened: there was a very rich guy (the kind you come into contact with when your roommates have crazy poker adventures) who was having a very hard time getting a high-stakes account on Full Tilt. I think he had one, but it got locked or something. He approached me and asked if I could help. I don’t really play at all anymore, but I still had the ‘WastedPotential’ Full Tilt account, so I said sure. I set up the account for high-stakes, gave him the password, and told him good luck.”
“He wasn’t trying to trick anyone with multi-accounting (it’s not like any high-stakes regulars had notes on ‘WastedPotential’), he just really, really wanted to play high-stakes right away. Anyways, apparently he used it to immediately play Patrik Antonius, lost a ton, and the account got locked. So it goes.”
If there is truth behind that story, then it still leaves some questions unanswered. Why would anyone buy an account rather than open a new one? And if this person did buy “J-Mac’s” account, how did he transfer hundreds of thousands of dollars to it in order to play the site’s biggest games? Unfortunately, without knowing the identity of the person who took over the “Wasted Potential” account, those questions may never be solved.
Some are speculating that the “rich guy” who purchased the “WastedPotential” account to was formerly known as “PerkyShmerky” on Full Tilt Poker. The “PerkyShmerky” account was last seen in 2008 and was supposedly locked for an unknown reason. Rosenkrantz and his posse frequently played against “PerkyShmerky” online years ago, so the theory that he took over “J-Mac’s” account isn’t all that far-fetched.
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