Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Ultimate Bet Tries New "UB.com" Brand To Shed "Scarlett Letter" of Cheating Disgrace

Following the cheating scandal which surrounded the company last year and the subsequent creation of the Cereus poker network with sister site Absolute Poker, UltimateBet has announced that it is rebranding under the new name UB.com, the nickname by which it has been commonly known to its players over the past decade.

The extensive rebranding of its online poker room is part of a multi-layered makeover that delivers the streamlined UB brand name and logo, plus a range of other 'non-cosmetic' feature and functionality changes designed to improve players' experiences.

"The launch of UB.com represents a turning point for our company. We have assembled a great group of professionals who are passionate about poker to build the UB brand," said Paul Leggett, Chief Operating Officer of Tokwiro, UltimateBet's parent company. "Our goal is to create products and services that poker players really want. We are trying to listen very carefully to both our players and the poker community to help us achieve this goal."

The latest software update features a complete lobby redesign for improved navigation and usability, while new game filters enable UB players to quickly find the games they want.

"The launch of UB.com is not just a new domain with a different logo, it's much more than that. It's a complete new direction for UB. It's software built with the serious poker player in mind. It's a new television show that is truly about poker, not just another reality or game show. And finally, it's tournaments and promotions that poker players care about," said Leggett.

As part of an overhaul of the tournament schedule, over 30 new guaranteed poker tournaments and $1 million-plus in guarantees have been added every month to the line-up, including UB's improved tournament blind structures and the launch of synchronized breaks.

"In the ten years since I have been involved with the UB brand, I have never been prouder to represent the company as much as I am right now," said UB poker professional Phil Hellmuth. "We have great people captaining the ship, we have a great vibe and some serious swagger. I look forward to the day when we are the largest poker site on the planet."

Sunday, November 22, 2009

New Online Poker Bot Detection Anti-Cheat Software!

A company in Cambridge, England, has developed software that will help protect online casinos and Internet gambling patrons from programs and robots in corrupt schemes. Featurespace has created programs that analyze behavioral choices, determining if improper use of statistical and predictive software is used in play.

The software developer already has signed deals with King.com to guard the firm's online skill games, and both Internet poker and online casino operators are eager to employ the product to prevent cheating. Betfair has already reached an agreement, and other online gaming companies are lining up to ink deals.

Software analysis searches for abnormal betting patterns, and then groups them into those choices that reward the player and those that don't. The system is able to tell when fraudulent play at online gambling is happening, and whether the choices are being made by a human or computer bot.

The need for greater detection methods of online gambling fraud and cheating was borne out by last year's scandal at online poker rooms Absolute Bet and Ultimate Poker. Crooked play was eventually detected, but only after months of intensive human investigation. If players can be assured that the integrity of online casinos is inviolate, the last complaint against Internet gambling may lose what weight it carries.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

UK Whiz Gambler Cheats Electronic Roulette Tables For $75,000!

Tyrone Pooley, a 56 year-old creative professional gambler cheated a casino out of almost £40,000 during a marathon session at an electronic roulette wheel. He played non-stop for 15 hours after spotting a technical fault which meant he could not lose, a court heard. He opened a panel on the machine and operated switches inside to void games in which he had not placed a winning bet, Southampton Crown Court was told. He was caught after being seen nudging the machine with his knee on CCTV, sparking an investigation by bosses at Maxims Casino in Town Quay, Southampton.

Pooley placed spread bets amounting to £1,800 on every number except zero and the three numbers either side. After the ball was dispatched in each game, his wife, who was standing nearby, signalled to him if it had dropped into one of those seven numbers and he activated the door switches to cause a void. His bets would then be forwarded to the next game. The court heard that the machine had since been modified. Pooley, of Langdale Court, Hove, East Sussex, admitted cheating at gaming and received a 45-week suspended sentence coupled with a 200-hour community work order.

He received a light sentence because of mitigating factors including an ill wife ten years older than he.

Monday, November 09, 2009

Turkish UK Casino Cheat Caught Entering Casinos With Elaborate Fake IDs

Muliple-identity Card Cheat Jailed for Tricking His Way Back Into Casinos

A casino fraudster, who has been banned from every casino in the UK, has been jailed for using multiple identities and deceptive behaviour to win thousands at the tables.
Abdullah Toksoz, 40, used a variety of false documents to get pass casino security and gain access to casinos. Once inside, Toksoz would use a concealed pinhead, hidden under a fingernail, to mark cards in games of brag. This would give him a distinct advantage over the house, making him huge profits in the process.

The Turkish national was arrested by police at Heathrow airport in June with thousands of pounds of cash in his pockets. The father if one was jailed for 16 months after admitting to six counts of fraud and deception relating to the casino cheating incidents between 2005-2008. Southwark Crown Court heard how Toksoz used multiple identities, including Italian, American and Bulgarian documentation to gain access to casinos. The documents ranged from driving licences to ID Cards, all with different names and nationalities.

Nicholas Mather, for the prosecution, said: “His existence has been known of for at least ten years, and from the mid-1990s he has been banned from all casinos in this country.”

Judge Anthony Pitts, passing sentence, said: “You were determined over a period of three years to use different ID documents that you had obtained, all of them false, to gain entry to casinos, knowing that you were banned as a casino cheat. “These are very serious offences. There is a persistent period of three years of determined dishonesty.”

Saturday, November 07, 2009

Slot Boss Cheat Gets 50 Years in Prison!

Plea For Leniency Fails Casino Swindler

Slot boss Daniel Roybal will now have decades in prison to think about the embezzlement from Sandia Casino prosecutors are calling one of the biggest such crimes in local history. Roybal, 39, and a now-dead colleague stole more than $1 million from the casino where Roybal worked as the slot-machine manager. He was facing 699 criminal counts that could have netted him 2,000 years in prison sentences. Instead he cut a deal with the Bernalillo County District Attorney's Office and pleaded guilty to 17 charges.

On Monday a District Court Judge Ross Sanchez sentenced him to 50 years in prison, more time than many violent criminals get. With good behavior he could be out in 25 years. (Man, he shoulda never pleaded out for this!)

Pleas for leniency from Roybal and his family fell on deaf ears.

"One chance so I can be home with my family is all I'm asking for," Roybal said in court. Roybal and co-worker Lynn Gallo faked jackpots and pocketed the cash, according to investigators. Gallo died before she could face charges.

"They worked a few days together, and they started off kind of small; $3,000 a day or so, $4,000 a day that they would steal on average," prosecutor Robin Hammer said. "On the very last day that they were caught they stole $20,000 in one day." Investigators said overall the pair swindled $1.2 million over the course of 14 months. They were busted in October 2006 after the casino's accounting department noticed something fishy in jackpot pay outs.

Sandia Pueblo tribal police said Roybal bought an expensive boat and camper. They also reported they found $60,000 in cash at his home, some of it in a shed in his backyard. District Attorney Kari Brandenburg called Roybal's scheme one of the largest white-collar crimes ever uncovered in Bernalillo County. As part of his plea deal Roybal must also pay back some of the money to Sandia Casino. The amount has yet to be determined.

My Take: This is a much too severe penalty for ripping off a casino!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Caro talks about Poker Cheating!

Poker Guru Mike Caro Gives Mouthful About Poker Cheats!

"For eight years, I haven’t talked much about cheating at poker. Unfortunately, today’s word “cheat” came up at random from a pool of candidates whose size can be calculated by 16,384 times the reciprocal of 2 to the 14th power. Here’s a self-interview, in which I get to ask my own questions and respond however I like.

Question 1: How come you haven’t talked much about cheating publicly in recent years?

After decades of dealing openly with the topic and headquartering my Cheater Monitoring Service at two different casinos, I was slapped around by entities and players I considered my allies in efforts to keep poker honest.

It happened a decade ago, when I announced that there would be a public interview with three cheaters who promised to expose all. In recorded, preliminary, private questioning, they ended up making many unfounded and false accusations along with some legitimate ones. Because of that, I decided not to conduct public interviews, but the cheaters themselves distributed stolen video. Even today, this subject is sensitive. But you can do an Internet search (both on the web and in the Usenet newsgroups) if you want to piece it together for yourself.

I learned from that episode. I also concluded that you can’t combat cheating effectively in a public arena where anonymous trouble makers contribute to the conversation and nobody, except those who are objectively investigating, have a clue who’s telling the truth and who’s lying.

Poker today is played in the spotlight. It’s no longer unnoticed in dingy backrooms, so management and players have more to protect. It’s obvious that poker is more honest today than ever and that most real-world and online poker rooms try to ensure poker integrity. But it’s a challenging job, and one that can best be handled behind the scenes. That way, the weapons used to combat cheating are usually a surprise to the criminals.

Question 2: Did you say “criminals?” Is that how you feel about players who scam poker?

Yes. And there should be an even more repugnant word for them. Guys who rob convenience stores are very bad dudes, in my book. But at least you know who they are. They’re the ones in the masks, holding the guns.

But poker is a game of implied promise. We pledge to each other that when we sit at the table, we’ll be playing as individuals, not as teams. An honest player simply cannot compete with opponents who join together and help each other out at the table. And that’s why I keep reminding people that poker partners are serious criminals. You’re honoring your pledge; they’re not — and there’s usually no way to know it! They’re not just stealing from a 7-Eleven, where everyone knows a crime is committed. They’re destroying fair chances to win, hope, homes, fortunes, and more. And they’re doing it while counting on you to keep your word to them.

If poker partners sound to you like the lowest bacterial life on earth, then we share similar opinions.

Question 3: What can honest players do?

Don’t tolerate cheating. Don’t look the other way. Don’t just get out of a game and seek safer grounds. Say something, if you’re sure. Scream. Our game is too important not to protect. Poker is all over television. It has crawled out of dank windowless basements and been exposed to the sunlight. Honor our game by not letting anyone cheat. The days when people glamorized and envied poker cheats are long ago, yesteryear, before humans walked upright. Protect me and I’ll protect you.

Question 4: What inspired you to do this interview after saying so little about cheating for so long?


Question 5: Ford?

Yes, Ford. Ford Motor Company has created the most obnoxious advertisement in history. Hardly anyone is saying much about it, which is scary.

The announcer promoting a pickup truck says: “I figure the engineers who built the all-new ’09 F150 are probably the same guys we all cheated off of in science class. We’re thinking about pizza; they’re thinking about aerodynamic weight properties. Crazy smart.”

Right there is the end of poker. Yes, I realize that the latest generation doesn’t consider cheating something that makes you a social outcast. Recent polls report that most students think cheating on tests is okay — and many do it. And, apparently, Ford thinks it’s cool to target an audience of that age with those beliefs. I pity any teachers who still try to teach that cheating is a severe offense, that if you do it, you’re stealing the future of others who won’t excel as much comparatively from their efforts. Here’s a corporation of world stature claiming “we all cheat, so let’s buy this truck.” To me, this is beyond reprehensible.

I teach and admire many aspiring young poker players. They definitely don’t share Ford’s outlook. Still, beware of the next generation of poker players. They’re on the way.

My Take: Good job, Mike!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

My Old Haunt Caesars Palace Hit By Two Inside Casino Cheat Scams!

Those of you who have read my books know that my favorite casino to cheat during my 25-year cheat career was Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Well, apparently some of Caesars' own dealers and employees are taking a liking to rip off Caesars as well. Last month, Gaming Control Board agents arrested a ticket writer at the Caesars Palace sports book for allegedly stealing chips used to pay for bets and passing them off to an associate who cashed them out.

If that wasn´t enough, just days later GCB agents caught a craps dealer pocketing $1,000 in chips that slipped from a hole in his pocket into his shoe. It isn't clear how many of the grand chips he got away with, but based on my experience at Caesars, where they had very loose controls on their $1,000 chips, I'd say it was several dozen at least. BAck in my casino cheat heyday, I worked over Caesars Palace in Vegas with $5,000 chips and made a bundle. The question is: Will dealers start palming and stealing those biggies too???

Friday, October 16, 2009

Interesting Glitch in $500,000 Slot Cheat Case--Is it a Crime or isn´t It?

Attorneys for two of three men accused of rigging a poker machine in The Meadows Racetrack & Casino said Thursday that taking advantage of a glitch in a machine isn't a crime. "If someone is smart enough to outwit a machine, is that a crime?" defense attorney Patrick Thomassey said. "I don't think it is. It might be cheating, but is it a crime?"

Thomassey's clients, Kerry Laverde, 49, and Andre Nestor, 37, both of Swissvale waived their rights to preliminary hearings before District Judge Jay Weller in North Strabane. Both entered pleas of not guilty. A preliminary hearing for Patrick Loushil, 42, of Brookline was postponed. The men are charged with manipulating a poker machine at the casino to collect $429,945 in fraudulent payouts. Authorities said the men started the scam in June and were arrested last week.

Nestor's attorney, Washington County Public Defender Glenn Alterio, said he agreed with Thomassey. "We're going to see if, in fact, a crime was committed," Alterio said. "It boils down to manipulating a machine."

Casino officials began to suspect the men when Nestor, posing as a "high roller," began frequenting the casino in late June, officials said. Laverde, a former Swissvale police officer, acted as Nestor's bodyguard, officials said.

District Attorney Steven Toprani disagreed with Thomassey's assessment. "There was money made out to the three defendants that they weren't entitled to," Toprani said. "It sounds like good, old-fashioned theft to me."

From late June through August, Nestor, Laverde and Loushil visited the casino 15 times, authorities said. The investigation showed Nestor repeatedly used "a complex series of button presses and screen changes to cause the slot machine to have an error in its programming. This resulted in the machine displaying a false jackpot," according to the grand jury presentment. Nestor always manipulated the poker machine alone, but all three men cashed the winning checks, authorities said.

Toprani denied that gambling safeguards were too easily bypassed by the three men.
"In my opinion, the safeguards did work. The Gaming Control Board alerted the state police," Toprani said.

Weller lowered bail for the two men to $100,000, at 10 percent, meaning Laverde and Nestor must post $10,000 apiece to get out of jail.

My Take: Of course it's cheating and of course it's a crime, but how 'bout a slap on the wrist and let the accused slot cheats keep the money!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Full Tilt Statement Claims Online Poker Site Has Software That Can Detect Bots BEFORE They Play!

Do I believe it? NO! But here's their statement:

Full Tilt Poker is a multi-million dollar Online Poker Room, one of the largest in the world. Poker players from all over sit down at the tables to play a few hands at all hours of the day, bringing many players to the tables who would otherwise be unable to participate in poker on a large scale. It is not uncommon for accusations to fly regarding cheating through these sites, and Full Tilt was a recent victim of such an allegation.

Recently, at Full Tilt, two players were recently banned from the poker room, forfeiting winnings of over $50,000 dollars. They had decided to bring a civil suit against Full Tilt, claiming that Full Tilt operates "poker robots" to play the game at a level of skill and logic that a human may not be able to emulate. The duo sought $80,000 dollars in damages, and filed the claim in California to recover said damages. Full Tilt had been quiet, but just days ago they released a statement.
“Full Tilt Poker has been made aware of the recent filing of a baseless lawsuit by former Full Tilt Poker customers - Ms. Lary Kennedy and Mr. Greg Omotoy. Both of these player accounts were appropriately terminated for multiple violations of the express terms and conditions governing fair and lawful play in the Full Tilt Poker online virtual cardroom, including their own admissions of using multiple accounts," was how they began.

Full Tilt went on to say that the claims have "no merit," are "false assertions," and that they will "remain committed to protecting their players from anything that might compromise the integrity of its [Full Tilt's] games."

Full Tilt was designed by poker players, for poker players, and they take a very severe stance against all forms of cheating and collusion. Just read a Review of Full Tilt Poker Room and you will see why thousands of players find this site to be safe and secure. Full Tilt also claims that they have software that will detect bots before they can even begin to play, but the matter will not come to a head until both party's attorneys sit down and delve further into the issue. The situation is undoubtedly going to explode, potentially harming the hope for completely legal Internet Poker.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Full Tilt Poker Makes Statement on Bot Cheat Scandal

The $80 000 lawsuit against Full Tilt Poker.com filed in California recently by two players banned for multi-accounting and robot play has triggered an official statement from the company. In the statement, the company claims:

“Full Tilt Poker has been made aware of the recent filing of a baseless lawsuit by former Full Tilt Poker customers - Ms. Lary Kennedy and Mr. Greg Omotoy. Both of these player accounts were appropriately terminated for multiple violations of the express terms and conditions governing fair and lawful play in the Full Tilt Poker online virtual cardroom, including their own admissions of using multiple accounts.

"The usage of multiple accounts not only violates the clear terms and agreements governing fair and lawful play, it creates an unequal and unfair advantage that Full Tilt Poker does not and will not permit. We aim to protect our players at all cost, thus we terminated these two claimants’ accounts.

"The claims of these former customers have no merit, their complaint is frivolous, especially given the lack of candor during extensive investigation and the unequivocal and unambiguous admissions of using multiple accounts. There is no reason to play poker anywhere else, the most tournaments, the top ring games, biggest prizes and most players. In addition we will give you $600 free on signup.

"With respect to alleged use of prohibited automated systems, the claimants’ false assertions will be revealed as such in due course. Full Tilt Poker has never knowingly allowed "bots" to play on its site. To the extent either of these claimants indeed used such prohibited “bots” in violation of all applicable rules, such impermissible use by the claimants was without the knowledge of Full Tilt Poker. When fraud, collusion, and cheating of any kind is uncovered, Full Tilt Poker investigates extensively, and then acts accordingly and appropriately, as was the case involving these claimants.

"As always, Full Tilt Poker remains committed to protecting their players from anything that might compromise the integrity of its games. Full Tilt Poker expects that this erroneous lawsuit and its spurious claims will be dealt with accordingly by proper courts of law and other appropriate tribunals. Full Tilt Poker expects that these claimants will be obliged to compensate the aggrieved defendants for any harm that may arise out of their false allegations, and for the wrongful institution of these bad faith legal proceedings.”

Monday, October 12, 2009

2006 WSOP Champ and Accused Cheat Jamie Gold Sued Again!

Remember 2006 WSOP Main Event winner Jamie Gold? The erstwhile Hollywood talent scout bartered his way into that year’s tourney as part of a deal with online site Bodog in which he agreed to find celebrity personalities for Bodog to sponsor. Following a lengthy legal battle, Gold had to split his winnings with Bruce Crispin Leyser after it was disclosed that the two joined forces in helping secure celebrities for the event. It’s possible that Leyser wasn’t the only one Gold promised a share of his possible winnings to in exchange for assistance, as LA event promoter Francis Dellavechia recently filed a suit against Gold, alleging a promise from Gold for 1 percent of his winnings, equal to $120,000 from Gold’s record $12 million winner’s payday. No court hearings have been held in the matter to date.

Poker TV "Face the Ace" Producers Targeted in Lawsuit

Was the concept for the new poker show “Face the Ace” an illegitimately borrowed idea? So claims Brandon McSmith, who says that he pitched a similar concept to “Face the Ace” production company Poker PROductions in 2006, only to be told that his concept, including star players emerging from a series of doors, lacked merit. McSmith seeks $85 million in damages, with no hearings held as yet. “Face the Ace,” which features a number of Full Tilt-sponsored pros, has struggled in the ratings to date and has already undergone one concept “Face”-lift as well.

Kahnawake Gaming Commission Releases Final UltimateBet Poker Cheat Report

While former WSOP Main Event winner Russ Hamilton remains the only participant officially named, the Kahnawake Gaming Commission, responsible for oversight of the UltimateBet online poker site, released its final findings on the years-long insider cheating scandal. Twenty-one different user accounts and a total of 118 screen names were used by the perpetrators who cheated high-stakes limit and no-limit players out of more than $22 million (since refunded) from 2003-2007. The KGC report also cited 31 other individuals with connections to Hamilton and the ongoing cheating scandal, although these names were not publicly released. The KGC, however, did imply that these names and hundreds of pages of supporting documents were made available to selected authorities in other jurisdictions.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Are Poker Cheat Bots the Real Deal?

It is well known that strategy games have been an interesting and challenging domain for computer science research over the decades. Beginning with Tic-Tac-Toe, computer researchers have used games to develop and teach artificial intelligence the application of theoretical concepts to practical situations. The use of games to to develop artificial intelligence was brought to the fore in the 80’s in the movie WarGames, staring Matthew Broderick and Ally Sheedy.

Long argued as a game of skill, the game of poker is a prime candidate for study because it is a conceptually simple yet strategically complex game that offers more dimensions than the one-on-one games such as chess, checkers, and other well-studied games. Therefore, it was only logical for the University of Alberta Computer Poker Research Group (“UACRG”) to set out and develop the adaptive software program named “Polaris” the poker playing robot. Used solely for scientific study, Polaris has been matched up against some of the best players in the world, in controlled environments. And while Polaris has been able to win a game or two in specific scientific settings, it is a work in progress. More importantly, Polaris is the proprietary scientific property of the UACRG and its artificial intelligence programming is not available to the general public.

Since poker players are always looking to get a leg-up in an effort to minimize losses and give poker players an edge, the development and sale of plug-in/add-on poker software has become big business. Typing the words, “Poker Robot” into your search engine of choice will produce several websites with statistics about the use of Poker Bots while advertising their software purported to give the purchaser an upper-hand over other players and other robots. While there are several legitimate programs and services that assist players in tracking play and calculating odds to aid in improving one’s game, any website purporting to sell robot software or other similar “cheating” programs should be overlooked as either illegal or a potential scam.

Poker bots are banned from almost all gaming websites. While they may be increasingly common they are really just poker calculators that run on auto pilot continuously, calling, folding, and or betting based on preset scenarios. While hardly artificial intelligence, the advantage is that the software never tires and can play consistently for days on end in multiple games and sometimes even multiple sites, therefore giving the user an unfair advantage over legitimate players.

Internet forums and social websites are chock-full of postings from disgruntled on-line poker players complaining about bad beats, rigged scenarios, and the suspected use of cheat software. However, the majority of the comments are unfounded criticisms based more in frustration than actual factual evidence so it is difficult to tell if a loss is truly the result of an unfair or illegal advantage. Besides, it is practically a rite of passage for a poker player to take the most unimaginable bad-beat possible by having a monster hand cracked on the last street. Like fishermen and their big-fish stories, poker players gather to compare their losses and eventually learn to wear them as a badge of honor, having survived to tell the tale and play again. And while the majority of the worst bad-beat stories seem to be the result of an on-line experience, given the number of hands per minute played on-line as opposed to in live play, overall the odds should remain the same.

Case-in-point, the 2008 World Series of Poker - Championship Event, when pocket Aces were beat by a lesser starting hand that resulted in quad Aces begin cracked by the rarest hand in the game, a royal flush.

Friday, October 09, 2009

UltimateBet's Sebok On UB's Attempts To Reset Online Poker Table

Recently recruited UltimateBet poker pro Joe Sebok, who appears to have become the online poker firm's spokesman regarding the cheating debacle by former consultants last year, has revealed further details on the company's attempts to satisfy disadvantaged players.

Last month, Sebok used his blog to explain how players who felt cheated by the hole-card scandal could get more detail on their individual play. This week, Sebok expanded on the topic and explained that players will need to contact Ultimatebet to initiate the process.

Sebok describes the process in detail as follows:

1. Once you send in your request to (pokersecurity@ultimatebet.com, include your name, account name, address) or we work our way through the current ones in the queue, you will be sent two spreadsheets. The first will be as before a complete summary of all the cheating accounts that you played again, the total hands you played against each, and the amount that you won/lost against each. This spreadsheet will have 117 lines, one for each cheating account.

2. You will also receive a data sheet with all the win/losses vs. each cheating account. This is basically a breakdown of all the information you could want minus the actual hole cards, which will be contained in the actual hand histories that will be sent out after this first piece of information.

This first spreadsheet will probably satisfy more of the requests that come in to take a look at the data. Of course, many of you want the real meat, the actual entire hand histories, so once you have gotten this first initial summary breakdown and taken a look, just shoot an email back in letting us know that you want the entire hand histories for all the hands you played against the cheating accounts.

The reason for this is that it takes much more time and manpower and thus we want to only get this out to those players who actually want them and will use them. If we fired them up for every request coming in, we would be doing a TON of unnecessary work for players who actually just want a summary. Might seem annoying to have to go this second step but the first request is faster and it covers most players needs and that’s why we chose to do it this way.

Once we get this second email shot in from you after you have had a chance to check out the summary sheet, we will then be shipping along the entire hand histories, complete with ALL cheating accounts' hole cards, whether or not they went to showdown with you. This is obviously a cumbersome process, so please practice a little more patience with us.

Sebok says the exercise has already begun, so players may be about to have their patience rewarded.

Thursday, October 08, 2009

False Jackpot Attacks Plague Pittsburgh Casino to Tune of $500,000!

False jackpots paid at Meadows went unnoticed for weeks.

State gaming officials said the theft of money from a high-stakes slots machine at The Meadows Racetrack and Casino went unnoticed for several weeks because the false jackpots that the machine was paying out to a trio of suspects were not recorded internally by the machine.

State Gaming Control Board spokesman Doug Harbach said that detecting the theft of more than $430,000 would have been easier if the winnings displayed on the machine matched its internal records. The internal records automatically transfer data about the machine to the casino and the state Department of Revenue, which monitors the electronic records.

Department of Revenue spokeswoman Stephanie Weyant said she could not discuss individual machine revenue or data because the information is protected and confidential. Law enforcement officials believe the three suspects were able to steal more than $430,000 over a period from late June until the end of August. The theft was not discovered until a state gaming control board agent became suspicious in late August when one of the suspects attempted to cash in a jackpot.

Although casino and state gaming officials praised the work of investigators in uncovering the theft, a Las Vegas casino security expert yesterday, suggested the casino "failed to respond" quickly enough to the two-month long crime spree and is partly to blame for not doing a better job of monitoring its slots machines.

Andre Michael Nestor, 38, his roommate Kerry Laverde, 49, of Swissvale, and Patrick Loushil, 42, of Brookline, were charged Tuesday with 367 felony counts of theft, receiving stolen property, criminal conspiracy, computer trespassing and other charges. Although the men are from the Pittsburgh area, Mr. Nestor and Mr. Laverde lived in Las Vegas from 2001 to 2007 before returning here. The three are accused of exploiting a software glitch in a draw-poker slot machine at the North Strabane casino, and rigging the machine to display false jackpots. Washington County District Attorney Steven Toprani said the men collected the fraudulent winnings during 15 visits to the casino from June 22 to Aug. 31.

State Gaming Control Board officials said nobody noticed the scam at first because the machine did not register the jackpots. The glitch affected only the display screen of the machine. The jackpot that displayed on the screen did not match internal records of the machine, they said. Officials said that they weren't sure how the men knew about the glitch, which was triggered when the "double-up" feature of the game was enabled. They said Mr. Nestor gained the trust of employees by giving them sizable tips and recounting his successful exploits as a "professional gambler," in Las Vegas.

Police said Mr. Laverde -- known as "Joe Blow" by friends -- posed as a bodyguard for Mr. Nestor, flashing his badge to employees and hinting that he carried a concealed gun. Mr. Loushil, they said, assisted in diverting employees' attention and sometimes cashed in winnings for Mr. Nestor. A technician activated the double-up feature at Mr. Nestor's request, but came back to the machine later after his supervisors told him that the double-up feature couldn't be used without the permission of the Gaming Control Board.

The technician disabled the feature, but inadvertently neglected to save his programming changes, leaving the option available. Other employees didn't notice the oversight, and for the next two months the trio exploited the glitch through a complicated set of keystrokes that would cause the machine to display jackpot winnings that didn't exist.

Eventually, on Aug. 28, state Gaming Control Board Agent Josh Hofrichter became suspicious when he noticed that Mr. Loushil was trying to cash in a jackpot won by Mr. Nestor. Three days later, when Mr. Nestor came back into the casino, he headed for the same machine and tried to claim a $2,350 fraudulent jackpot. But this time, when Mr. Nestor attempted to collect the winnings, he was secretly being watched by state troopers. He was told by casino staff that he could not collect his winnings until staff could verify that the internal controls of the machine were working properly.

Police said Mr. Nestor told them he had to make a phone call and left the casino in haste. What followed was a five-week grand jury investigation, which culminated in the arrests this week.Ken Braunstein, a security consultant licensed by Nevada who specializes in casinos and gaming, and who has taught criminal justice for 29 years at the University of Nevada, said glitches like the one exposed in the Meadows slot machine are "not at all uncommon," and are usually caught by experienced security personnel.

Because slot machines have electronic controls, they are vulnerable to occasional hiccups, much like a computer program or the electronics systems in automobiles, he said. However, Mr. Braunstein was critical of the Meadows management, saying the excessive payoffs should have raised a red flag and triggered an investigation much sooner. "Management failed to respond to the information that was given to them by the machine," he said. "It was their fault."

Meadows spokesman David LaTorre said the casino disputes the claim that they did not act quickly enough, saying that it was an isolated incident and that the problem has been remedied. "We disagree with that assessment," Mr. LaTorre said. "We're confident it's not going to happen again, period. We have taken several internal security steps to prevent that."

The machine's manufacturer, Reno, Nev.-based International Game Technology, is one of the world's leading providers of slot machines and gaming software. Director of Marketing Julie Brown said the company has pulled similar slot machines from casino floors so the glitch can be fixed. She couldn't estimate how many machines were affected or where they were located, but said the company provides products all over the world.

Mr. Laverde was a former Swissvale Borough police officer, and claimed on an Internet site three years ago that he also was a security investigator for a Las Vegas bank. The Nevada Gaming Board said none of the three men worked for any casinos in that state. Swissvale police Chief Greg Geppert said yesterday that Mr. Laverde left the police force in 2001 and that he was ordered yesterday to stop wearing his badge. "It's really embarrassing to have somebody like him ... He hasn't even been here for eight years and he's still giving us a black eye. I have a lot of really good guys here, a lot of professional guys, and this is embarrassing," Chief Geppert said.

Stephanie Waite of West Penn Allegheny, the parent company of Forbes Regional Hospital in Monroeville, said Mr. Laverde has been a security officer there for a year and said it was the company's practice to suspend employees without pay after they are charged with a crime.

Iowa Court Ruling Seems to Say Cheating Casinos is Okay!

The Iowa Court of Appeals has overturned the conviction of man for illegal gambling at a blackjack table. An off-duty dealer at the Riverside Casino reported that it appeared Mitchell Smith was using slight of hand that allowed him to add extra chips to his bet once his first two card were dealt at the blackjack table.

Video of the action on that December night in 2006 confirmed that Smith was adding the chips — or “capping” the bet — when it looked like he had a good chance to beat the dealer. Smith was charged with prohibited gaming activities under a provision that makes it illegal if a person collects or attempts to claim money of a greater value than the amount of money they won. Smith appealed the ruling based on the language of the law.

Smith said he may have won more chips than he was entitled to win if he had been following the rules of the game, but said that his chips reflected his actual winnings because he beat the dealer. The Iowa Court of Appeals agreed with Smith’s interpretation. The court said the language of the law was designed to prevent someone from winning more money than they should have won, but says the language does not address the issue of cheating to win the money.

The Appeals Court said it was not at liberty to expand the meaning of the law to include money that had been won legitimately without cheating.

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Rare Reversal of Casino Cheat Conviction in US!

In a first that I know of, a casino-cheating case conviction has been reversed on appeal in the United States. The Iowa Court of Appeals has reversed the conviction of a man accused of cheating at blackjack at a southeast Iowa casino. Mitchell Smith was convicted of prohibited gaming activities for increasing his bet after seeing his cards at the Riverside Casino and Golf Resort in 2006. In Wednesday's ruling, the court says the issue is whether a gambler who engages in this practice "claims, collects or takes an amount of money or thing of greater value than the amount won."

Smith claims his chips reflected his actual winnings.

The court says the state is seeking to rewrite the law as if to read, "of greater value than the amount legitimately won." The court says that's a broader concept, and the court is not at liberty to expand the definition of the law.

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

UNintentional Collusion--What About It?

Unintentional Collusion (By Lou Krieger)

California brought up the issue of unintentional collusion, something common to smaller rooms. Regular groups of local players, who have created friendships over the poker table, are often a little casual with the rules and treat their casino game like a home game in Charlie’s basement.

The player who e-mailed me—we’ll call him Jasper—described events that transpired during one session of Omaha/8 at his local cardroom. Jasper was in seat seven and folded before the flop. The player in seat eight raised and proudly showed Jasper his four hole cards. Jasper said, “Please don’t show me your hand, it’s not fair to the other players.”

And he was right. If the player in seat eight won the hand without a showdown, only Jasper would know whether he had the goods or was bluffing. If the player seat eight folded before the showdown, only Jasper would know what kind of lay down he made.

The “only Jasper would know” scenarios are too many to list, and Jasper’s complaint was based on the fact that the exact same thing was occurring between seats two and three at the other end of the table. They weren’t cheating or trying to gain an edge, at least Jasper didn’t think they were, and he knows all the players. Nevertheless, the player in seat three had a blueprint of everything his neighbor in seat two would play, fold, and raise, and knew exactly what gear he was in at all times. Jasper felt like a sucker because information was available to some of the players, but not to all. It wasn’t fair. While Jasper could have continuously asked to see the shown hands, that gets old pretty quickly, especially at a table where all the players know one another.

But that’s not the worst of it. Later that same evening, a player who was shown a hand during play stopped his neighbor from throwing his hand into the muck at the showdown. “Wait, you’ve got a low,” he muttered, which was quickly followed by, “Oops, I’m sorry,” to the player who would have won the entire pot, but was now only getting half of it.

Fortunately, there’s a rule designed to prevent this, and it’s one of poker’s prime directives. It prevents players from calling hands that have not been put face up on the table, prevents players from giving information to some players and not others, and prevents players from encouraging or discouraging their neighbor from making a call on the river.

One player per hand: “Poker is not a team competition, and each player is responsible for playing his or her hand without advice or assistance, either directly given or provided inadvertently by other players, dealers, or spectators to the game. The ramifications of this directive are broader than you might imagine at first glance. Not only does this mean that you cannot ask your neighbor, who may or may not be involved in the hand, what you should do or how you might play your hand—that goes without saying—but your neighbor bears a responsibility not to assist you.

All of the rules and punishments for cheating at poker are, in fact, violations of the one player per hand rule. Collusion by two players, marked cards, signals, cold-decks—you know; you’ve seen all the movies—are methods cheats design to circumvent the one player per hand rule.” Even when players have no malicious intentions, one player per hand—no ifs, ands, or buts about it—is an essential requirement for a fair game and a level playing field. That’s sometimes tough to enforce when a game has adopted a style where card-showing is the norm, but it’s everyone’s responsibility—players, dealers, and management included—to ensure the integrity of the game.

Legal or Regulated Online Poker--What Would It Be Like?

What the Future Could Look Like for US Regulated Online Poker:

A future in which online poker is legalized and regulated is the ultimate objective of the Poker Players Alliance. It's a common goal that has famous poker professionals and amateurs alike making trips to Washington D.C. to meet with their congressmen. And perhaps the most important part of it is that online poker cheating would be a crime punishable by up to five years in prison, though I will believe that when I see it!

This future seems closer than ever, yet still so far away. The cause has built momentum, but the window for change this year is closing quickly, if not just waiting to be locked. However, the introduction of legislation by Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass) and Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) has shed more of a light on what the online poker world will look like if this goal is finally reached.

Site shakeup: It will be interesting to see who the market leaders are after legalization. Party Poker is likely to return to the U.S., but will American players forgive what was once the world's No. 1 site for abandoning them in the first place? Harrah's, the largest casino operator and owner of the World Series of Poker, is likely to enter the online market in a big way, but whether it offers the incentives and customer service of existing sites remains to be seen. Unexpected contenders for market share will certainly arise. As for the current industry leaders, PokerStars and Full Tilt, one has to wonder whether they will have difficulty acquiring a license in the U.S. after years of operating over objections from the Justice Department. Assuming that they do get licenses, one has to wonder whether they will retain their top spots against some heavyweight competition.

Age adjustment: The age requirement to play poker in a U.S. casino is 21 years old, so it only makes sense that this would be the minimum age set by the U.S. government for playing Internet poker. This would be an end of an era for young guns who amass a fortune playing online before they are even allowed to play in the World Series of Poker. Although surely some players will find a way around the requirement -- there is no one to check identification in the home -- expect the rule to be enforced better than the 18-year-old age requirement currently imposed by poker sites. The days when a teenager decides between college and online poker will come to an end.

More taxes: The bills have made it apparent that taxes will be paid not only on winnings but on all deposits, though there is hope that these extra taxes will be absorbed by the sites and not be passed on to the players. As for players not reporting their online poker income or holding back on winnings not withdrawn, that will no longer be an option. The IRS will know exactly what you won or lost on the virtual felt -- and how old you are. Someone will have to provide a social security number for tax purposes!

Processors change: Moving money to and from the poker sites will most certainly be faster. There will be no more need to wait on paper checks. Not only is Neteller, or Neovia as it's now known, likely to return to the U.S. market but so is PayPal. The largest Internet processor in the world, PayPal abandoned the Internet gaming market in 2002. However, PayPal recently moved back into the online gaming sector -- though still excluding the U.S. -- by partnering with Neovia. Envision clicking the withdrawal button on your poker account and using the money to make a purchase at eBay or at a store with your PayPal account.

Settling disputes: Until now, poker sites have been their own judge and jury when it comes to accusations of cheating. If a site said you cheated and confiscated your account, you had little recourse. Two players who were accused by Full Tilt of using bots had their accounts closed recently but they took the unorthodox step of filing a suit in Los Angeles Superior Court in a desperate attempt to recoup their money. If the U.S. legalizes and regulates online poker, it will undoubtedly create a department that will settle disputes between players and poker sites, providing an independent arbitrator that will require that sites prove their allegations.

Poker by state: While legalizing online poker will make things easier for poker players in most of the country, the proposed legislation shows that it is almost guaranteed that states will be permitted to opt out of the program. In opt-out states, it will be more difficult to play poker than it is now. Fortunately, it's not that hard to move from Washington to California if playing online poker is a priority.

Some of these changes will be accepted with open arms and others will anger some people in the online poker community. The bottom line is that legalization and regulation will legitimize the industry. No longer will be there be worries of the DOJ seizing withdrawals or sites leaving the U.S. market, and that piece of mind is most important of all.

Phil Ivy and Mike "The Mouth" Matusow Named In Full Tilt Online Poker Bot Cheat Lawsuit!

Poker Legends Chris "Jesus" Ferguson, Howard Lederer and a Host Of Others Also Sued For Bot Fraud! And I bet Phil Hellmuth just loves it!

Allegations Of Poker Bot Use At Full Tilt Poker

Since its creation, Full Tilt Poker has been heralded as an honest, no-nonsense online poker site. Other than multi-accounting, which is a player caused problem, not one perpetrated by the site, Full Tilt has for the most part been free from some of the more damaging issues that have plagued some of their competitors. However, this week, they were named in a lawsuit which alleges that some players were using automated bots in an attempt to cheat other player out of money.

What is a poker bot? A bot is computer program whose purpose is to play poker against human opponents or other computer opponents. Generally, well designed bots can win at a high rate and the practice of using them is considered cheating.

On October 1st, heads-up online specialist. Lary pokergirlz Kennedy and former Full Tilt customer Greg Omotoy filed a complaint on October 1st accusing Full Tilt with, among other things, fraud and libel, over the alleged accusation of using bots. Earlier this year, Full Tilt Poker, removed over $80,000 from the accounts of the two players, because they believed the two were wrongfully using bots against other players, which is a direct violation of the Full Tilt Poker Terms of Service. After the seizure of funds, Kennedy posted about the situation on Twoplustwos forum. Perhaps not coincidentally, shortly after posting, Kennedy was then accused by Full Tilt of Multi accounting. This is what finally prompted the lawsuit. The official complaint names Full Tilt Poker, Tiltware and Howard Lederer, Raymond Bitar, Phil Gordon, Chris Ferguson, Andy Bloch, Perry Friedman, Erick Lindgren, Erik Seidel, Phil Ivey, Patrik Antonius, John Juanda, Gus Hansen, Mike The Mouth Matusow, and Allen Cunningham as co-defendants.

As part of the suit, Kennedy and Otomys explain that Full Tilt originally consisted of two separate companies, Tiltware and Vert Enterprises and suggests that, despite Full Tilts assertion that they are separate entities operating out of California and St. Kitts and Nevis, respectively, the two companies the same and are illegally being run in California.

What started out as simple action taken out against 2 players from the sea of online poker, could perhaps turn out to be a complete public relations disaster for Full Tilt. It is believed that Full Tilt likely would have to consider the possibility of settling as to avoid exposure to US courts.

Roulette Player Claims UK Grosvenor Casino Chain Barred Him For Simply Winning! Casino Refuses To Say Why They Barred Him!

A gambler's winning streak was cut short after he was banned from casinos across Britain after winning £28,000 playing roulette with his 'no-lose' system. Balvinder Sambhi, from Birmingham, scooped the fortune in just two months using a secret betting pattern which he has spent years perfecting. But he claims he was so successful that bosses have now banned him from every Grosvenor Casino in the country. Balvinder Sambhi's biggest single daily win was just over £4,000. Angry, Mr. Sambhi, 38, said: "I've never lost with my system and the casinos don't like that. They don't want winners in their premises, just losers. I used to go into the casino every day and there was never a problem when I was losing thousands of pounds.
But after using my system to make £28,000, I was taken to one side and told that I was barred. I can't believe it!"

A letter from the director of security of the Rank Group who run Grosvenor Casinos refuses to specify the reason for his ban. Garage owner Mr Sambhi, who does not want to reveal his winning formula, is writing a tell-all book for other gamblers. He said: "Experts have always said that winning at roulette is just down to luck. But I've spent years developing a system based on simple mathematics which helps me win every time I play. In total, I won £28,000 in two months. Some days I won a little and some days a lot. My biggest single daily win was just over £4,000. But the fact is I was winning consistently and nobody has ever done that before with roulette."

But his winning streak came to an end on September 15 when the businessman visited Grosvenor Casino in Birmingham city centre and was told he was barred. Mr Sambhi said: "I've been a member of that casino for a decade and have never had problems before. I spoke to the manager and pleaded to be told why I had been banned but he refused to tell me. I said if they thought I was cheating, or money laundering, then they should call the police. But he said that was not the case, so the only conclusion is that I was banned because I was winning so much money. Yet my system is not cheating; it's all about the maths."

The Birmingham man has since employed solicitors to ask the Grosvenor Casino chain, owned by the Rank Group, for an explanation. But the company's Director of Security, John Butler, refused and wrote back: "You will be aware that we are under no legal obligation to give reasons from excluding someone from our premises. It is therefore not my intention to assist your client further."

A spokesman Grosvenor Casinos, which has more than 30 UK casinos, declined to comment. Mr Sambhi is now hoping to pass on the secrets of his system in his new book, "Sequential Roulette: End Game." He said: "People have been playing roulette for hundreds of years, yet no one has ever come up with a system that consistently wins. But I've proved that my system works. Now I want to pass it on to other gamblers so they can win big too."

My take: Sambhi is full of shit. He may have gotten barred for winning or perhaps for cheating, but he certainly does not have a winning roulette system because one does not exist. It is quite possible that his system was betting on biased wheels he may have found in some Grosvenor casinos.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Pitbull Poker Shut Down For Cheating, Its Directors Arrested!

Amid rumours and allegations of cheating, fraud, superusers and cashouts which were never delivered it seems that online poker room Pitbull Poker has closed down. 2+2 forum user Chesterboy was the first to suggest there may be problems with Pitbull Poker back in July this year. Following the allegations several players came forward with similar concerns and eventually a former employee of Pitbull Poker came to Poker News Headlines to offer his evidence on the cheating and fraud allegations.

Dave Brenes has commented on Pitbull closing on 2+2 under the username DBReal by saying:

Hi guys, I know you wonder if it is me or not. Let me say this:

Kevin was taken for interrogation as many people at the scene claimed he was trying to leave without notice, but he was released. I was never a director of the company, just a pawn in their game (sure!) and until yesterday I realized they were using my name to front PB here and I truly believed everything they said. I don’t know if there was truth of just plain lies in everything, it is very recent to know for sure but I know they tried to rip us off by leaving us blank with no job, payment or anything.

I felt necessary to post as my name was at stake a long time ago and I trusted Kevin would do what it takes to keep the company clean and show everyone we were legit. I guess that was my real mistake, although questions were asked I never went deep into the company operations to find out what really was lying beneath. I truly hope it gets resolved for players and affiliates left with pending payouts, I have my own financial issues with them and I just want to get out of this mess soon, move on and get a new job to continue my studies.

Thanks all for reading.


At this stage the PitbullPoker.com website still appears to be in operation. However, it seems all players have now abandoned the poker room with 0 players in the last 24 hours according to Pokerscout.

It now remains to be seen if players will be paid their cashouts? It seems unlikely given the nature of Pitbull Poker closing and the arrests of the directors. I will have all the latest on this story as it develops.

Slot Cheats Sentenced In Nevada

Two casino cheats listed in Nevada's Black Book and a woman who was their accomplice in a 2006 crime pleaded guilty Tuesday in District Court for their roles in a slot machine-cheating scheme they used at several Las Vegas casinos.

William Cushing and Michael McNeive pleaded guilty to the use of a cheating device in a slot machine, and Susan Lewanda pleaded guilty to conspiracy to cheat at gambling. The trio used the scam at several Las Vegas casinos, including Boulder Station and Fiesta Rancho, in 2006. The three are scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 5, 2010.

Police reports indicate surveillance videos show Cushing and Lewanda would stand watch at slot machines while McNeive inserted $1 bills and forged them as $100 bills using the cheating device.

Cushing and McNeive are in Nevada's List of Excluded Persons, otherwise known as the Black Book, and are barred from the state's casinos.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Roulette Sniff Scam!

That's right, you won't believe this highly intelligent casino cheat scam but here is what happened during the month of August in London's chic Casino at the Empire. Two casino cheats happened upon a roulette game where they noticed that every three spins or so, the dealer sniffed as if he were trying to clear his stuffed nose just before spinning the ball. They then cleverly decided to use this dealer's habit in a roulette cheat scam. Being gifted in overall conning and scamming, they hung out in the casino bar looking to bait some heavy-packing punters (gamblers)for the fleece. They came across a wealthy Egyptian and told him that they had an inside scam working with that particular sniffing roulette dealer. They told him that the guy was able to control the roulette ball with a fair amount of accuracy and could hit a section of six numbers on the wheel about a third of the time. They told him that the dealer would sniff the signal when he was about to launch a controlled spin. Of course the dealer had no clue who the hustlers were, nor was his sniffing indicative of anything more than a cold or stuffed nose.

The cheats brought the Egyptian into the casino where he bought in for 500-pound chips at the roulette table. The deal was that the Egyptian and the cheats would split the profits fifty-fifty. Well, the cheats got real lucky and the first ten times the roulette dealer sniffed, he hit the section of six numbers nine times! The Egyptian increased his bets and by the time the dealer finished his shift, he'd won 60,000 pounds! He gave the casino cheats 30,000 and promptly left the casino.

The pair of roulette cheats worked the scam several more nights as the dealer continued to sniff intermittently. They won with a few marks and lost with a few others. The scam came apart when one of the marks, who'd happened to win, overheard the sniffing dealer tell a pit supervisor that he was having an allergic reaction to something in the casino, presumably the carpeting. The mark, in spite of having won, decided to complain to the supervisor about the hustling cheats. They were immediately tossed out of the casino and barred from entering it in the future.

Well, in any case, I think it was quite a creative little gig, and the least I can say for the two casino scam artists is that they sure knew how to think on their feet!

Tran Organization Biggest Casino Cheat Dealer Charged by Feds For Ripping Off Baccarat Game For a Cool $1 Million!

Not only are the Tran Organization baccarat cheat busts continuing to keep pace with the plea deals and sentencings in the huge international casino cheat case, they're getting bigger! As more than 30 cheating dealers, supervisors and players have already been charged, with many of their cases already adjudicated, now the scam's biggest victim, the Resorts East Chicago Casino in Indiana, is getting the satisfaction of seeing its Numero-Uno cheat dealer, Michael Waseleski, charged by federal prosecutors with several gaming crimes. Waseleski is charged with helping a clan of Tran Org. baccarat and blackjack cheats win more than $1 million by rigging games. The conspiracy charges against Michael Waseleski allege that while he was a dealer at Resorts East Chicago Casino, he was trained by the gamblers in how to perform a false shuffle of card decks. Those players won the money there in the summer of 2005.

Authorities say 31 people have pleaded guilty to charges in the rigged games, which were also carried out in Canada and six other states. The scheme involved bribes to casino supervisors and dealers during blackjack and mini baccarat and use of unshuffled cards.

When will these Tran busts stop! PLEASE!!!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Men the Master Sites Budda in His Poker cheating Denials!

We've all heard the poker cheating allegations against 6-time WSOP bracelet-winner Men "the Master" Nguyen, especially those concerning his running a Vietnamese poker cheat collusion ring. Currently playing in the World Series of Poker Europe Championships, the accused master poker cheat had this to say:

"I see a lot of things they say on the Internet," he said. "If they say that in any magazine I'll sue them for slander, but I've never seen it. They slander me on the Internet, but I talked to my lawyer and he said they can say anything they want on the Internet. If I cheated do you think I would be able to go all over the world and play poker? "They are probably jealous. I earned what I won. I came to the United States empty-handed. I got what I won, I got my name out there and people just talk about me now. Show me. Catch me. Until they can prove it they should not talk about it. It's just gossip."

Nguyen fled communist Vietnam in 1978 and settled in Los Angeles, California. He started playing poker in 1984 and won his first WSOP bracelet in 1992. A devout Buddhist, Nguyen reiterated that he would never cheat and never has. "I'm a Buddhist so I am afraid to cheat," he explained. "If I cheat on anything it will come back to me. If I do something like that God will punish me. If I cheated do you think I would be able to go all over the world and play poker? They would kick me out of every tournament."

An emotional player at the tables, Nguyen has also been accused of being abusive to dealers and floor staff. Again, Nguyen denies any wrongdoing. "The problem is that sometimes dealers make mistakes and I just try to correct them," he said. "If you play with me at the table you will see how good I am and how nice I am. I will always be nice.

"People talk and they don't think. People say 'Oh Men, you did this or that,' but they don't know. The dealer comes in and maybe they don't change the deck, so I ask why they don't change the deck, because it's a rule. I'm just correcting mistakes."

What do I think? Well, I think Men the Master cares as much about Buddha as he does about his cheat victims!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Signed to UltimateBet, Top Poker Pro Joe Sebok Should Help UB Shed Online Cheat Image

Top Poker Pro Joe Sebok has signed with giant and tainted online poker room Ultimate Bet, and he will serve as well in a consulting capacity to help the scandal-ridden online poker site prevent the cheat scams that have plagued it. Long considered to be one of the top poker professionals without a major sponsorship deal, it was announced late Monday evening that Joe Sebok will be joining UltimateBet’s roster of poker pros. Sebok will also take a prominent position inside of the Ultimate Bet organization.

Because of his abilities in the world of internet radio and podcasting, Sebok will accept a position as the site’s Media and Operations Consultant. In this capacity, Sebok will help bridge the gap between the Ultimate Bet brand and poker players. His in-depth knowledge of the online poker world will likely raise the bar and make Ultimate Bet the only place players will want to visit. Sebok had previously gained the industry’s respect for his founding of PokerRoad.com, an online media outlet that provides poker fans with fresh, innovative, and often irreverent content from an insider’s perspective. Online poker fans around the world continue to look to Sebok and PokerRoad.com, where he serves as the company’s CEO, for a unique perspective on everything related to land-based and online poker.

“We are ecstatic to bring Joe onto Team UB,” said Paul Leggett, the COO of Tokwiro Enterprises. “He will not only serve as a pro player representing the brand, but more importantly will be instrumental in helping us create a poker site for and by poker players. His commitment to the brand was invaluable, as he worked closely with me to help begin to bring closure on the details surrounding the cheating investigation from last year. I’ll continue to work with him to ensure that we always do everything possible to satisfy the poker community’s concerns and will continue to work together to make Ultimate Bet the premier poker site. I couldn’t be happier to welcome Joe to the team today.”

“UB and I first started talking about a possible relationship almost four months ago and I made it very clear that I couldn’t commit until that point in time when the names associated with the scandal began to be released,” Sebok stated during the announcement. “Paul Leggett has been instrumental in this process and I now feel comfortable and excited about joining the team as we are heading in such a positive direction. While this process isn’t entirely complete, I consider this to be one of my new responsibilities moving forward and intend to continue working very closely with Paul to ensure it happens. I am very happy to be joining Ultimate Bet today and look forward to our future.”

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Tokwiro COO Leggett Says Russ Hamilton is Guilty but Doubts He'll be Prosecuted for Masterminding UltimateBet Scam

In a thorough comment on the Kahnawake Gaming Commission's 11-page report on the huge online poker cheat scam, Tokwiro boss Paul Leggett expressed enthusiasm that his company, Tokwiro, was not found liable for any of the cheating that transpired, with the bulk of the blame going to Ultimate Bet’s previous owners. “It is very important to us that everyone understands that our company had nothing to do with the cheating on UltimateBet,” Leggett wrote in his Tuesday blog entry. In an effort to clear up any confusion regarding other information released in the KGC report, Leggett dedicated the rest of his post to discussing his own thoughts on the findings.

He began by trying to put the scope of both UB’s internal investigation and the one conducted by the KGC into context. Leggett claimed most avenues the investigation explored resulted in dead ends, in part, because the KGC lacked resources of a law enforcement agency since it is simply a regulatory body.

“This limited the Tokiwro and KGC investigations because the only evidence available was data,” Leggett explained, before he moved on to address the data itself. The COO claimed he did not know definitively who the other 31 people listed in the report are, but he said he could “make a very educated guess as to which names were included.”

Many who have read the report chided the KGC for releasing only Hamilton’s name and suggested he is being made to be the scapegoat for the actions of many. Leggett agrees with the KGC’s assertion that Hamilton is the person who masterminded the operation:

“In my opinion, the KGC released his name because there was an overwhelming amount of evidence that showed he was the person using the software and accounts to cheat, that his close associates helped facilitate the changing of usernames and the movement of monies, and that he was the main beneficiary of the proceeds from the cheating,” wrote Leggett.

As for any potential legal action that may be taken towards Hamilton and others in the future, Leggett remains skeptical and blames the lack of regulation of online poker in the U.S. for the difficulty inherent against pressing charges and opening up a legal investigation. He explained, “The current legal environment in the United States, relating to online poker, makes it very complicated for the proper authorities to work with us and for us to bring a claim against individuals in the United States.” He then went on to make his own case for pushing for online gambling regulation in the coming months.

Leggett concluded his thoughts by expressing his own personal frustration and sadness dealing with the investigation over the past several months. He even acknowledged his de facto role as bad guy to several members of the online poker community, but concluded by suggesting the worst is behind Ultimate Bet and the $22 million reimbursement and $15 million settlement with UB’s previous owners are two big steps towards proving that the site is a safe and fun place for people to play poker online.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Eight New Indictments in Tran Organization False Shuffle Baccarat Cheat Scam

Can't say this is a surprise as it seems the whole Western Peninsula was involved in this cheat scam!

A federal grand jury in San Diego has indicted an additional eight defendants for conspiracy to cheat a total of 11 casinos across the country, Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division Lanny A. Breuer and U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of California Karen P. Hewitt announced today.

A one-count indictment, handed up in the Southern District of California on Sept. 1, 2009, and unsealed on Sept. 15, 2009, charges seven defendants each with one count of conspiracy to commit several offenses against the United States, including conspiracy to steal money and other property from Indian tribal casinos, and conspiracy to travel in interstate and foreign commerce in aid of racketeering. Defendants charged in this indictment include Jason Cavin, Connie Marie Holmes, Brandon Pete Landry, Nedra Fay Landry, Geraldo Montaz, Jesus Rodriguez and Mike Waseleski.

For the total lowdown on this scam, search "False Shuffle Baccarat Scam" on this blog.

Nevada Slot Cheat Case Headed For Trial!

In what appears to be a serious slot-cheating case, three alleged slot cheaps are one step closer to going to trial. William Cushing, Michael McNeive and Susan Lewanda are accused of possessing a cheating device, conspiracy to cheat at gambling and use of a cheating device in a slot machine. The trio allegedly used the scam at several Las Vegas casinos, including Boulder Station and Fiesta Rancho, in 2006.

At a Thursday morning, District Court Judge Douglas Herndon said a trial date will be scheduled after the next status check and evidentiary hearing, which is set for Sept. 29. Police reports indicate surveillance videos show Cushing and Lewanda would stand watch at slot machines while McNeive inserted $1 bills and forged them as $100 bills using the cheating device.

Cushing and McNeive are in Nevada's List of Excluded Persons, otherwise known as the Black Book, and are barred from the state's casinos. According to Gaming Control Board records, Cushing, 57, was first arrested in 1984 and has been arrested numerous times for gaming crimes in Nevada and other states. McNeive, 68, was first arrested by the Nevada Gaming Control Board in 1996 and has been arrested for gaming-related crimes, including cheating slot machines, numerous times.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Casino and Poker Cheats Lab 101

Developing That Great Casino Cheat and Poker Cheat Move in the Lab!

What are the components of an effective poker or casino cheating move? There are four basic elements that determine the feasibility and effectiveness of all brick and mortar casino and poker cheat moves. The first is the mechanics of the move, mainly whether it can be physically done and with a relative amount of ease. Since poker and casino cheating moves have really little to do with sleight of hand, the physical mechanics of cheat moves comes down to the skill and dexterity of normally capable people. An example of a difficult move would be picking up the dolly on a roulette game and slipping chips underneath it after the dealer has placed it on the winning number. Although distractions might be used to take the dealer’s eyes off the layout, it is important to distinguish the difference between these diversionary tactics and sleight of hand, which this is not. An example of an easier physical move would be the blackjack pastpost described here.

The second important factor in designing a poker cheat or casino cheat move is the exposure it takes. As in any physical crime, the longer you are committing it, the worse it is. Most casino cheat scams get busted because their perpetrators are on the tables doing it for too long a time. All the cheat moves during my cheating career were done in a split-second. I never took much exposure, giving the casino little or no time to set me up. When you hear about card-marking scams and digital camera scams in casinos getting busted, surveillance was on to them and therefore had the chance to film them and set the cheats up for the bust. So the best poker and casino cheat scams are the ones that happen quickly and limit the cheats’ time in the casino.

The third important factor is being able to conceal the move as much as possible. This does not mean physically hiding it. That part is covered in the mechanics of the move. Here I am talking about concealing the move after it has been successfully done in the poker room or casino. After you do the move and get paid, you still don’t want the casino to figure out what happened, mainly because you want to keep doing the same successful move at other tables in the casino and at other casinos. Good moves will have psychology built into them, such as setting the casino up for the kill and making them forget about it after they’re dead. This way when the cheat makes his claim to get paid on a move, the casino already believes he is a high roller and pays off. Part of this facet is to also play at the table after the move went down, further camouflaging the move and reducing the casino’s chances of catching on to you.

The last important factor is the longevity of a cheat move. Good ones will last for a while. For instance, my blackjack pastpost move produced big money in the world’s casinos for thirty years, and is still going strong. Unless your move makes huge money in a one-shot deal, it won’t be worth developing it if it doesn’t last.
With all this in mind, I would say my Savannah casino roulette cheat move would be as close to the perfect move as possible. It was physically easy to do, took only a split-second, actually concealed and camouflaged itself, and lasted as long as I wanted it to. To this day, casinos cannot stop it.

Oh!... One thing I forgot to mention that is necessary to all successful casino and poker cheat moves...You need the balls to do them! THEY are not developed in the casino cheating lab!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Poker Cheat Bots Hit Pitbull Poker and Others!

Pitbull Poker, which has already seen a significant traffic decline due to an alleged superuser account scandal that its operators don't seem to be responding to, is again in the online poker cheating news with fresh allegations of widespread bot play on the site. According to information I'm receiving, bot play seems to go undetected for much longer periods of time than on most other online poker sites. This also has been noted BEFORE the super user account cheating scam broke at Pitbull Poker. As for the quality and effectiveness of the bots being used in Pitbull Poker games, I cannot say much, but overall, I figure that the majority of these bots are not that effective, and they alone should not be a reason to avoid the site.

Overall cheating bot play is on the rise throughout online poker, but again, I must stress that the high quality artificial intelligence bots are not out there in alarming numbers. However, if you do come up against them, you might be paying them off as they are good enough to beat most online players.

Monday, September 14, 2009

New Connecticut Inside Dealer Casino Cheat Scam! This Time it's Pai Gow Cheating at the Mohegan Sun!

This is just unbelievable!...One inside dealer casino cheating scam after another in Connecticut's two big casinos. Soon on the dealer job applications, one of the questions is going to be: How much cheating experience do you have? Or maybe: Are you capable of false-shuffling a deck of cards? Why are these two casinos constantly being cheated by their dealers?

Ever wonder what goes on in a pai gow game with all those funny looking tiles and the dice cup? Ever say to yourself that a Chinese dealer would have an easy time cheating his or her pai gow game when supervisors in the pit don't really understand the nature of the Chinese gambling game? Well, evidently, one Chinese dealer and her Chinese cohort figured as much. Only trouble is they got caught.

Police arrested a Norwich woman who works as a table games dealer at Mohegan Sun on Saturday after surveillance picked up what appeared to be a cheating scam. Peggy Lin, 40, was charged with cheating while lawfully gambling, third-degree larceny and third-degree conspiracy to commit larceny. Police said surveillance at the Earth Casino saw Lin manipulate a deal of a pai gow tile game so that another player could win the hand. The person who won, Bi De Zhen, 43, was also charged with cheating while lawfully gambling, third-degree larceny and third-degree conspiracy to commit larceny. Both were arrested without incident and released. They are scheduled to appear Oct. 1 in Norwich Superior Court.

The arrest comes one month after a former Mohegan Sun craps dealer pleaded guilty to charges he took an $800 payoff for accepting late bets at his table from a convicted cheater. Johnnie Baker, 38, pleaded guilty to fourth-degree larceny and received a fully suspended sentence. Police said Baker accepted money from Richard “Mr. Casino” Taylor in exchange for paying Taylor $11,500 for four late bets in 2008. Baker was one of a dozen former casino employees, the only one from Mohegan Sun, charged in connection with Taylor’s craps cheating scam.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Absolute Poker and UltimateBet Online Poker Cheat Decisions Issued by Kahnawake Gaming Commission...$22 Million in Cheated Player Refunds!

Tokwiro Enterprises ENRG, the parent company of UltimateBet, yesterday received a decision from the Kahnawake Gaming Commission, UB’s regulatory authority, regarding the UB cheating scandal in 2008. The report, which followed an intensive and exhaustive investigation, ruled that Tokwiro has met the conditions imposed on it and has shown adequate cause as to why its Client Provider Authorization (“CPA”) should not be revoked. The report also included a full public disclosure of all 23 accounts and 117 usernames that were used by the cheater. The method for determining the list of names was approved by the KGC and their forensic auditors.

The KGC concluded that Tokwiro was not aware of the deficiencies in the control system until after the cheating activity had been initiated; Tokwiro fully cooperated with the KGC throughout the investigation to identify the individual(s) responsible for the cheating incidences; No individual identified as “unsuitable” is currently involved in any aspect of Tokwiro’s ownership, management and operations; Tokwiro has ensured that all players victimized by the cheating activity were promptly and fully reimbursed; and Tokwiro has paid the USD$1.5 Million fine imposed by the KGC, plus the costs of the investigation.

Paul Leggett, Chief Operating Officer for Tokwiro said, “The welfare of our players is our top priority and we are very pleased they now have access to the details of the fraud and all the facts and findings released by the KGC included in their report. A lot of our players have been patiently awaiting the release of the full list of usernames involved in the cheating incidences, and we can now answer any of their outstanding inquiries related to their refunds.”

With the completion of the investigation, the KGC has now released their final list of account numbers (User ID) and usernames (the “cheating accounts”), and they are provided on Kahnawake's website.

It is important to note that the legacy UB software, which is no longer in use, historically allowed a username to be reused, provided that the username was no longer associated with an account. Because of this, it is possible that some of the usernames which were released yesterday by the KGC may have been used by legitimate accounts, once those usernames were no longer used and controlled by the perpetrator. It is also a fact that a very small number of the usernames associated with the cheating accounts never actually played a hand.

As previously determined by independent investigations and stated in yesterday’s KGC report, the malicious software code that enabled the cheating was placed on UB servers prior to Tokwiro’s acquisition of the business from Excapsa Software in 2006. Tokwiro’s consistent position that the ability to cheat predated its ownership was vindicated by the recent legal settlement with Excapsa, under the terms of which Excapsa paid Tokwiro USD$15 million in partial compensation for the damage that was done by the cheating. This payment went toward the USD$22,054,351.91 in complete refunds that Tokwiro issued to the players that were adversely affected by the UB cheating incidences.

“It is extremely important to us that our players and the rest of the poker community understand that the individuals who perpetrated the cheating have never had any involvement with our company and we hope that the KGC report helps to inform the poker community of this fact,” Leggett added. “Over the past year we have literally rebuilt our company, creating a new management team and core staff that are poker players themselves and passionate about the game, and we are very excited to demonstrate what we can do in the coming months.”

In response to the cheating scandal, Tokwiro has implemented a range of key security measures that include a complete corporate reorganization, the dissemination of new mandatory ethics policies as well as strict policies regarding account name changes and VIP player vetting, the creation of an expanded Security Department to incorporate a specialized group of poker security analysts, and the development of a state-of-the-art Security Center that uses statistical analysis and real-time monitoring to catch cheating, including collusion, chip-dumping, bots, and other illicit activities.

Major Counterfeit Chip Scam Busted in Macau!

Macau is a MAJOR casino cheat area and of course the favorite of casino cheat teams who are also members of the Chinese Mafia Triads. Usually it's baccarat cheat scams or junket player chip scams that proliferate in Macau, but this time it's a sophisticated high-tech counterfeit chip scam. True, it was busted, but the big question is: How many casinos got bilked and for how much money?

Macau police arrested six mainlanders at Wynn Macau and seized 38 highly sophisticated counterfeit gaming chips, each with a face value of HK$10,000. The five men and a woman, aged from 22 to 63, had successfully passed off 16 of the chips - implanted with microchips - which fooled dealers and infrared detectors on the gambling tables and made it all the way to the casino cage.

But they pushed their luck in trying to pass off the remaining 22 chips, by which time the chips were detected by a more delicate detector in the cage. Casino staff using CCTV cameras found the suspects were still gambling. They were taken to the security room and arrested two hours later. Genuine Hong Kong banknotes and real chips totaling HK$210,000, which police believe they got from cashing the chips that included the 16 fake ones, were found on them.

The mainlanders arrived in Macau at about 4pm on Tuesday and immediately went to Wynn. They gambled on tables with the fake chips and collected real chips and cash in payoffs before an expert using a more delicate detector in the casino cage found the 16 fake chips, which contained lower-value microchips, at 6pm.

Police found 22 fake chips on the suspects, who came from Guangdong and Hubei. They will be charged with deception in gambling and participating in a syndicate. Chau Wai-kuong, head of the Judiciary Police Criminal Investigation Department, said the fake chips were probably produced in the mainland by a syndicate that has been active for no more than a month.

The syndicate hired so-called "drivers" to go to Macau casinos to cash in the fake chips. Police are now trying to determine if the syndicate deceived other casinos and whether other "drivers" are still being hired. The mastermind is still at large.

A Wynn Macau spokeswoman confirmed an attempt to cash in counterfeit gaming chips was detected on the spot, thanks to vigilant staff and the effectiveness of security technology. The casino refused to comment further as police investigations are continuing.

It's not the first time Wynn Macau has been targeted by counterfeit criminals. In March last year, a Zhejiang man commissioned an advertising company to replicate the stickers on the Wynn chips and put them on fake chips. He managed to exchange 44 chips for HK$220,000. He was arrested two months later when he entered Macau again. Police seized 149 semi-completed chips and 444 HK$1,000 stickers.

Party Poker Takes Cheats To War!

I have been blogging about player safety in internet poker for four years now and Party Poker has been one of the few sites that during this time has both avoided cheating scandals and consistently appeared on my Top-10 rankings for the safest poker sites. In addition to its clean record as far as cheating and player-accounts security are concerned, Party Poker has also been a leader in offering the best player sign-up bonuses as well as maintaining top of the line customer support and service, with online response times among the best in the online gaming industry.

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Friday, September 11, 2009

Insider Poker High Hand Jackpot Cheat Scam Busted at Planet Hollywood in Vegas!

It just keeps getting better and better, if not stupider and stupider. Four Planet Hollywood poker room supervisors have been arrested for cheating the Las Vegas casino´s poker room out of the paltry sum of $2000. What's that come to...$500 per guy? Hard to believe that guys with solid poker room jobs would put them on the line for such a trifling amount of money, but that's what happened. The Nevada State Gaming Control Board has charged Jonathan Sanner, Jason Peterson, Thomas R. Kordick, all of Las Vegas, and Scott Marshall of Henderson, Nevada, with crimes including forgery, embezzlement and conspiracy in connection with the poker cheat scam that swindled the Las Vegas Strip poker room’s high hand jackpot of slightly more than two grand.

The four cheating poker supervisors apparently filed false paperwork on the jackpot payouts so that they could collect the prize money for the jackpot high hands that never actually got dealt. A suspicious fellow employee blew the whistle on them. I wonder if that's because there wasn't enough profit in the cheat scam to either include him or buy his silence!

In any event, the insider poker and casino cheat scams continue to proliferate world wide.

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Any Truth To UK Laser Card-Marking Poker Cheat Scams?

In the last two weeks I have received two-dozen e-mails asking me if I know anything about a current poker card-marking cheat scam using lasers in the Victoria Casino in London and several others in the UK. Although I have blogged about the real threat of laser card-marking on brick and mortar poker tables, I have not heard from any of my European contacts that it has taken place at the Victoria casino or anywhere else in the UK. I have, however, been informed that there is a highly-skilled poker cheat team from Eastern Europe (I believe Hungary) that is in the operational stage for marking cards with lasers and ready to cheat B&M poker rooms. When I get news about their actually implementing it, I will of course pass it on. I would think that the first major poker area to get hit with laser card-marking poker cheat scams would be California. Why there is a proliferation of talk about this concerning UK poker rooms, I don't know, but it might have something to do with the fact that Eastern European high-tech poker and casino cheat teams like to work the UK, i.e. the Ritz roulette scam and the London 3-card poker scam using tiny digital cameras.

Friday, September 04, 2009

Labor Day Greetings To Poker Cheats, Casino Cheats and Poker and Casino Cheatcatchers!

Labor Day is an American National Holiday for all labor, right? So poker cheating and casino cheating is hard labor like anything else, as is catching poker and casino cheats. Therefore, I salute all of you cheats out there, especially those of American extraction. And for those of you poker and casino cheats and cheatcatchers who are not American, let me know when your national labor holiday is and I will salute you too!

Meanwhile, in the US, Labor Day weekend is a major work weekend for poker and casino cheats working American casinos. That Labor Day always falls on a Monday, gives the cheats an extra day of weekend work to rip off the poker rooms and casinos. If you're curious, the biggest holiday and holiday-weekend poker and casino cheat festivals ranked in order are:

1) New Year's Eve (by far) My teams have made more in that single night than any holiday weekend.
2) July 4th. We light the fireworks INSIDE the casinos.
3) Labor Day Weekend.
4) Memorial Day Weekend. (another extra day as it's always on a Monday)
5) Christmas Day. (Might be surprised at this, eh?)
6) Thanksgiving Day. The cheats say their thanks inside the poker rooms and casinos, then have their turkey afterward!

South African Casino Hit By Dealer-Aided High-Tech Cheat Scam!

South Africa, known casinocheatwise for being the land of the famous Las Vegas chip cup scam, has been hit with another inside dealer cheat scam, albeit one not quite as devastating as the chip cup scam that rocked South Africa's casinos in the 1980s. Five people, including two Carnival City dealers, were busted for the latest high-tech digital camera scam that happened on the casino's punto banco tables, a game similar to US baccarat. Apparently the scam came apart because the scammers appeared nervous at the tables, which given the fact that Chinese were involved is quite surprising, as they're usually cool under the cheat gun. It must have been non-Chinese dealers who gave the scam away. The casino surveillance department picked up on them and began watching the videos of their tables.

The three Chinese hid a tiny digital camera in a cigarette box to take pictures of cards being dealt while playing punto banco. This is not the first scam to use a box of cigarettes. The most famous is the French Cigarette Scam using a Marlboro box. In the South African scam, the dealers purposely dealt the cards slow so that their confederates' cameras could film them clearly. The pictures were then sent to computers in a hotel room, from where one of the cheat-team members would watch and then send his partners at the table the card information via sms. More than three million rand was taken out of the casino.

Overall, this sounds like a pretty good scam that had a weak link: the dealers

Thursday, September 03, 2009

Major Online Poker Cheat Hack Scam Exposed!


The site pokerproalbums.com, with videos, forum and every other facet that makes it look real is a HUGE SCAM looking to hack you and steal your personal info. A fake player saying he´s from Sweden and using the name "Cheesecake" and e-mail address nestor_pkr66@hotmail.com has been contacting people via MSN and asking them to watch videos for which he sends the links. The site looks very real but then when you try to watch videos, a warning follows telling you to update your flash player. This is a backdoor Trojan scam and it's VERY Dangerous! Several people playing the 200-400+ nlh/plo games on Full Tilt Poker have been contacted with links from this person whose MSN has been hacked.

If you´ve been on this site and watched the videos, it's time to reset your entire system...NOW! Clean computer, reset passwords for poker, e-mail, everything. And don't forget that other e-mail addresses with other ideas for getting you on the site can be involved as well. DO NOT GO ON pokerproalbums.com for any reason!

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Latest Anti-Online Poker Cheat Claim by Cognisafe...Is It Real?


That's the anti-cheat poker claim and here's what they say:

Program offers real time solution to cheating in online games including use of bots.

Chip Dumping is becoming one of the most common frauds in online Poker and the new PitBoss-AC solution will save operators and networks huge sums in lost revenues. Chip Dumping is the practice whereby one player deliberately loses his chips to another player at the table, with the losing player often having obtained his chips by fraudulent means.

The PitBoss-AC program also has the ability to prevent cheating through the use of online bots, online advisors, software cheats and even collusion. The Bot protection program within PitBoss-AC has already been successfully deployed for online gaming clients. In addition to protecting online games from cheaters, the system, which monitors games without intruding on the player’s experience, can provide customers with player data such as gaming patterns (profiling) which reflect playing habits and skill levels.

My opinion: Well, I have not yet seen any conclusive evidence that Cognisafe's PitBoss-AC solution actually solves the problems they say it does. I'm not saying that it's not effective, but until I see some results and positive analysis published by entities other than Cognisafe itself, I cannot endorse their product.

Pitbull Poker Traffic Tumbling In Wake of Online Cheat Allegations

The Pitbull Poker cheating scam is taking its toll on the Flash Network poker room. It's administrators continue to evade the issue and are not accepting various offers by forums and poker websites to reassure the public via interviews. This prolonged silence can only be interpreted one way: online poker cheating is rocking their boat!

Online poker traffic monitor, PokerScout.com shows a drop in their player numbers over the past six months with a steep decrease over the last month. The weekly average for real money ring players now stands at only 33 players.

Many players are reporting cash-out problems from Pitbull Poker. The maximum cash out has been set to $1000 over 7 days by Pitbull management. The fear now is that this scandal will escalate to online players losing their money in Pitbull Poker accounts.

Pitbull Poker is falling in the pits!