Joe Sebok updates on UB cheating scandal research

Joe Sebok updates on UB cheating scandal research

Saturday, 21 August 2010

There was incredible buzz in the poker industry when Joe Sebok announced he was working for UB – then Ultimate Bet – in the capacity of investigating the old cheating scandal perpetrated by WSOP champion Russ Hamilton, who stole over $23,000,000 from players.

Sebok feels he has accomplished most of the goals he set out to achieve when signing with UB: “get the account names involved in the super-user scandal released, get all the hand histories out to those who requested them during the cheating scandal, and attempt to get out the physical names of the actual cheaters, and those who helped them cheat, released to the public.”

The first, he says, happened quickly and Russ Hamilton was quickly named as the ringleader of a group of nefarious players who embezzled tens of millions from high stakes players such as Mike Matusow, Patrik Antonius and Taylor Caby. Sebok also says that though the second goal is incomplete, “ninety per cent of hand history requests” have been fulfilled.

“To those that want more done in this matter, I simply say that I agree with you and would like to accomplish more. I wish we were a police force, but we are not. I wish we could really round up all of these people and interrogate them, but we can't. I believe we did as much as we possibly could to this end though. I also wish we were a court and we could try them all and jail the convicted, but again, we cannot do this. The poker community would be a better place if we could, but as of right now this just isn't possible. If it was, believe me, I would be working on it,” he wrote at his blog on PokerRoad.

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