Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Poker Cheats Online Stirring More Stew!

Online Poker Cheating Scandal Echoes!
Cheating at online poker may seem surprising, but it's not impossible. NO KIDDING!

Poker, Fraud, UltimateBet, Absolute Poker, Poker Players Alliance have all been contributing to the Online Poker Cheating Pot in various ways, and one former US senator has been very outspoken in his determination to get online poker in the US legalized and regulated, in a grand effort to stop the cheating and scandals revolving around online poker.

The following account has been published by Nigel K at CasinoReports:

Senator Concerned Over Online Poker Cheat Scandals!

The uncovering of two online cheating scandals at Absolute Poker and UltimateBet has not gone unnoticed by former US Senator Alphonse D'Amato. The New York politician who is the current chairman of the Poker Players Alliance (PPA) has brought the incidents to the attention of the US Senate in an effort to legislate against this new breed of Internet crime. Both poker sites resided in the jurisdiction of the Kahnawake Gaming Commission which initially did not permit inspection of these sites in order to present a clean bill of health.


The Kahnawake Gaming Commission (KGC) grants gaming licenses to a range of online poker, casino, and sports book websites. A number of these websites are managed and hosted by Mohawk Internet Technologies (MIT), an Internet hosting company located on Kahnawake territory near Quebec. MIT has created a name for itself in the North American casino game hosting market and is currently the most convenient source of online gambling sites for the majority of US citizens.

Poker Players Alliance

Senator D'Amato is particularly sensitive to issues such as cheating of any kind. The fact that the recent scandals occurred on online websites suggests that regulation is required of the Internet media that enables such events to take place. D'Amato's concern is reflected by the fact that while the incidents took place outside US jurisdiction, many US citizens have been affected.

Software flaw

The websites that enabled the cheating to occur had allegedly allowed some of the online poker players to see the cards of other players in the game. The KGC declared their innocence and announced that any players who lost money would be refunded. Additionally, they announced that those employees involved with the scandal had been dismissed. The KGC also stated that the software had been corrected, although the whole incident has left a bitter taste in the mouths of all concerned.


Senator D'Amato expressed concern that no members of the KGC or of the websites in question were charged with criminal action. D'amato released a statement that condemned the online poker cheating scandal and further blamed the KGC for not taking legal action against those concerned.

Regulation, Not Banning

Most significantly, Senator D'Amato used the incident to push for federal regulation of the Internet gambling industry. Falling clearly in line with those calling for regulation, D'Amato is convinced that a ban on online gambling would be counterproductive and unworkable.