Actually, the situation with Absolute Poker hasn't just heated up - it has exploded.
So when we left the story earlier today, Absolute Poker had posted an official statement via Mark Seif's blog on Bluff Magazine, saying that they had found no evidence of any "superuser" account. They basically said that the online community had only highlighted certain hands, and that Absolute Poker had access to more non-public information that proved to them that there was no wrong-doing.
Well hold up. CrazyMarco, the player that lost the heads-up battle against Potripper that sparked this controversy, requested the hand history of the tournament. The crazy thing is that Absolute Poker actually sent him an Excel file that showed EVERY player's hole cards at the table, not just his own.
The file was apparently a scrambled Excel file, and it is slowly being translated and posted. You can read the thread here on Pocket Fives. A bunch of hand histories are posted on Page Four of this thread. Here is the thread:
Absolute Poker Thread on Pocket Fives
Everyone needs to read this thread.
After reading through the hand histories that have been posted so far, there is absolutely no doubt in my mind that Potripper could see the hole cards of the other players at the table. He could not see the flop, turn and river before they were dealt, which you will be able to tell by reading the hand histories.
The evidence is damning. Potripper is playing almost every hand, including hands like 2/6 and 2/7, except for when someone at the table is dealt a big pair. He played hands such as 2/6, but open folded KQ when AA was dealt to someone.
The entire situation with Potripper, Graycat, Doubledrag and Payup is just too much to fathom. I can't see how these guys played the way they did without being able to see the hole cards.
The entire poker community needs to see this thread and read the hand histories so that they can come to their own decision about whether or not they want to continue to play at Absolute Poker, or promote Absolute Poker.
If Absolute Poker had a security breach, they need to come clean. Denying won't work anymore in the face of this evidence. Of course, this is my opinion.
Read the thread. Decide for yourself. I've made my mind up now. If you run a poker website, I'd put up a link to this thread as well, your customers need to be educated so that they can make their own decision.
Edit: A thank you goes out to all of the people putting in the time to get these hand histories out to the public.
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