Lot of people nowdays are having business with Max Katz. He started a popular blog/well on 2+2:
I think it will be useful for everyone dealing with him to know that he organized paid ghosting on major poker sites and openly wrote about it in his Russian blog. These entries are deleted from the blog now, but Google cache did not forget them
Did you get to the final stage of a tournament? Let us help you!
A couple of times I got messages from some people after they got deep in the online tournaments, and we played together, talking on skype or phone. It went good.
Right after this I thought to myself: why don't we do it more often? It is good for everyone: a player, my team and the poker community in general
Myself, John or Chai are ready to help you by phone or skype whenever we are not busy.
The news from the ghosting project.
The project is on air for a week now. I must say I didn't expect such a fever: during the last 8 days we never had a day off. They wrote us from smaller tournaments ($3R, $5R, $10 freezout), they did from bigger ones too ($1000 freezout, $200R and $100R, including various sunday ones).
Actually I don't care which tournament to ghost. When there are a few people left and the 1st prize is acceptable, then it's even an advantage if the tourney is cheap, cause all the opponents are so weak and easy to beat. It was fun to play one in top-12, which started with 4000, 3 people were limping with 5M and folding to a raise.
The business goes good. 5 times of 11 we made in to top-4 (after we took control from 60-90 left), two times we have won big (18k and 26k) and 4 times a bit less (1500-5000). It appears to be very interesting to play with someone and I am very pleased with the project so far. People are pleased to learn too.
The project is ongoing, you are welcome to write me on ICQ (172-395-842, always invisible) or skype (Max_Katz) on ghosting or whatever else.
If any of you are worried about being blamed by the community or the sites after they deal with us, I want to say that neither community nor the sites will ever come know you had business with us.
Max Katz is absolutely cynical and amoral person, who participated in different marginal, unethical and illegal businesses in Russian poker community.
I only quoted the most surfaced facts, confirmed by his own words. There are many more. Most of the respected players in Russian poker community dont work with Max Katz because of it.
Now he switched to an American market.