Saturday, June 06, 2009

Intabill Creating Cheat-Like Problems For Online Poker Websites and Players

The online gambling companies aren't always quick to acknowledge payment processing problems but in recent weeks there have been a few coming to the surface.

"I am surprised we are not reading about Intabill´s problems," said one individual associated with the online gambling sector.

Intabill is an Australian based firm that a number of the Web betting companies have been utilizing. One doesn't have to go far to find information on Intabill and its now infamous founder, Daniel Tzvetkoff. The company Tzvetkoff majority owns owes about $30 million to online US poker houses, according to James Mccullough of the British Courier Mail.

According to numerous sources, Tzvetkoff drove a Lamborghini with the number plate "baller", owned a massive yacht and chartered impressive jets. He´s also opened his own Fortitude Valley nightclub, Zuri, sponsored a V8 supercar racing team and amassed property as well as put together other major if not questionable business deals.

In between driving the Lambo he got around in a Ferrari 599, an Audi S6, a Range Rover and a Ford GT40. During regular trips to Las Vegas, where he is rumoured to have a house, he was again spotted in a Lambo.

Mr Tzvetkoff is young and good looking. He loves fine champagne and had a penchant for the very high life, although deep down he is a boy from Ipswich with Bulgarian parents. In some IT sectors he was and still is described as a genius who created an enviable business through his main Australian company Intabill, based in Brisbane's inner-west suburb Milton, of which he owns a two-third's share and is managing director. That company is owned by BT Projects Pty Ltd, whose three shareholders are listed as Tzvetkoff, local lawyer Sam Sciacca and an Alberta, Canada-based company called Rendel Investments.

In recent times Mr Tzvetkoff's business has come back to earth with a thud. A few weeks back Intabill sacked 96 staff members from its Milton head office. At the time Mr Tzvetkoff blamed the global economic crisis and said he was refocusing his company. Barely a dozen staff remain at Milton.

His prized Lamborghini and other flash European cars have now gone. His Hedges Ave. mansion is believed to be back on the market.

Meanwhile, online poker sites like Full Tilt Poker have been saddled with bad checks from the processing venture, Instant eCheck. This deposit and withdrawal method has since been yanked from Full Tilt and their competitor's websites. It was also learned that some of the checks issued to players have been bouncing.

For online poker there couldn't be a worse time for all of this to be happening. We are in the midst of the World Series of Poker. The main event is coming next month and ESPN will be televising the WSOP. It's a time when aspiring poker pros want to jump on board these websites.

But if those pros are gonna have trouble getting paid, they might want to think about jumping on board something else!