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Poker Scandals



"JJProdigy". The Absolute Poker "superuser" scandal. The Ultimatebet "superuser" scandal. "TheV0id". Sorel Mizzi and Chris Vaughn. It seems as though there is another major scandal on an almost weekly basis in the world of poker, and we'll do our best to cover every new piece of scandal-related news in this section.

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"Professional Players" of Full Tilt Poker Given OK To Submit Petitions for Remission By US Government

Earlier this week, the Garden City Group, Inc., which is the company retained by the US government to serve as the Claims Administrator for Full Tilt Poker's forfeited funds, ...

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GCG: Next Round of Full Tilt Poker Payments Expected in Late May

The company that is serving as the Administrator of Full Tilt Poker's forfeited funds, the Garden City Group, Inc. ("GCG"), released another statement earlier this week.

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Borgata Introduces New Tournament Chips After Scandal

The Borgata Spring Poker Open, which began yesterday (April 8th), is using new high-tech poker chips following a scandal earlier in the year.

In January, Event...

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First Round of Full Tilt Poker Payments To Be Sent This Friday

The day that many former customers of Full Tilt Poker have been waiting for is almost here.

According to The Garden City Group, Inc. ("GCG"), the first round o...

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Borgata Facing Class Action Lawsuit Re: Winter Poker Open Event

According to PressofAtlanticCity.com, the Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa is facing a class action lawsuit following the suspension of a Borgata Winter Poker Open preliminary eve...

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Borgata Winter Poker Open Event Suspended After Fake Chips Discovered

The 2014 Borgata Winter Poker Open is off to an ominous start after Event #1 ($560 Big Stack No Limit Hold'em Re-Entry $2 Million Guarantee) was suspended following the report...

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Chris "Jesus" Ferguson Settles Civil Case With DoJ

Chris "Jesus" Ferguson has officially come to terms with the US Department of Justice (DoJ) regarding his civil suit. Assuming that Ferguson fulfills his end of the terms outl...

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Zynga Inks Deal with PartyGaming, Full Tilt Poker Ads Hitting TV and More

1. Zynga Inks Deal With PartyGaming.

Zynga, the much-maligned social gaming company that has basically gone straight into the toilet since going public, is up ...

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Howard Lederer Enters $10k Festa al Lago Classic Main Event

What do you do when you are a pariah of the poker world who is currently facing a civil suit from the US Department of Justice?

If you're Howard Lederer, you p...

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Pokerstars Starts Collecting, Last Lederer Video and More

1. Collection Time. Part of Pokerstars' deal with the US Department of Justice called for the transferring of Full Tilt Poker's assets to Pokerstars.

This incl...

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Weekend Update: Full Tilt Poker, Superstar Showdown and More

1. Full Tilt Poker.

There was another round of hopeful articles published earlier this week regarding the Full Tilt Poker situation.

According ...

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Doyle Brunson Speaks Out on Full Tilt Poker

On Monday, poker legend Doyle Brunson posted a new blog in which he discussed his thoughts on the Full Tilt Poker situation. I have posted a link to Doyle’s blog post below. <...

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Absolute Poker Co-Founder Pleads Guilty

One of the co-founders of Absolute Poker, Brent Beckley, has agreed to a plea deal that will see him spend 12-18 months behind bars.

Brent Beckley was one of 1...

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Don't Expect Much When The Full Tilt Poker Hearing Resumes on September 19th

The AGCC's (Alderney Gambling Control Commission) public hearing regarding Full Tilt Poker is set to resume on Monday, September 19th.

The Full Tilt Poker hear...

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Bwin.party Rumors, Gabe Kaplan Gives Some Back and More

1. Wynn / Bwin.party Rumors.

Rumors circulated earlier this week that Bwin.party might get purchased and that Wynn Resorts could be a "potential aggressor".
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Friday Night News: Ivey/Benyamine Revelations, Poker After Dark and More

1. Ivey/Benyamine Revelations.

Subject: Poker (link below) published a very interesting article earlier today titled "FTP's Financial Relationship with Two Pros...

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Cheating Scandal at the Partouche Poker Tour Main Event

Most poker fans are primarily focused on the World Series of Poker main event final table that is set to get underway tomorrow (November 6th).

However, many pe...

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Kahnawake Gaming Commission Releases "Final Decision" in Ultimate Bet "Superuser" Matter

After many months of waiting, the online poker community finally received the "final decision" from the KGC (Kahnawake Gaming Commission) in the Ultimate Bet "superuser" matte...

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Mike Matusow Speaks Out on Russ Hamilton

Mike Matusow was recently interviewed by the Hardcore Poker Show on Sirius 98, and completely unloaded on Russ Hamilton.

Russ Hamilton, in case you didn't know...

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Report: Russ Hamilton Said to Be Main Figure Behind Multi-Million Dollar Ultimatebet Scam

The Kahnawake Gaming Commission (KGC) released the initial findings of an audit being conducted by Frank Catania Sr. of Catania Gaming Consultants today. Russ Hamilton, former...

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Pokerstars Bans A Number of Players Linked to JJProdigy

Will the "JJProdigy" saga ever die?

Pokerstars recently took the step of banning a number of players with close ties to Josh "JJProdigy" Field, including "gbma...

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Brian Townsend Admits To Playing Under Multiple Accounts on Pokerstars and Full Tilt Poker

Brian Townsend, member of Team Cardrunners and a "red" pro on Full Tilt Poker, has publicly admitted that he has been playing on more than one account on both Full Tilt Poker ...

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Ultimatebet Wraps Up Its "Superuser" Scandal Investigation

Tokwiro Enterprises ENRG issued a press release this past weekend, announcing that they had now concluded their "superuser" scandal investigation. The full press release can b...

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Poker Players Alliance (PPA), Kahnawake Gaming Commission (KGC) Both Release Statements on Recent Online Cheating Scandals

In recent days, the Poker Players Alliance and the Kahnawake Gaming Commission have both released statements on the recent scandals involving Absolute Poker and Ultimatebet.
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Ultimatebet "Superuser" Scandal Continues to Grow

If you thought that the Ultimatebet "superuser" scandal had been settled and forgotten about, think again.

Things have really picked up in intensity this weeken...

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Ultimatebet Reveals That Cheating On Its Site Began in January of 2005

Ultimatebet issued another statement today in regards to the NioNio "superuser" scandal.

First off, UB revealed more usernames that were used in the cheating of...

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Ultimatebet Releases Statement Regarding "Unfair Play" on Their Site

Tokwiro Enterprises ENRG, owners of Ultimatebet.com, released a statement today confirming that "superuser" accounts had been operating on the site between March 7, 2006 and D...

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Resolution of Ultimatebet Cheating Situation Coming Soon?

According to multiple sources within the industry, Ultimatebet will be releasing a statement shortly (most likely Thursday) regarding the allegations of cheating on their site...

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Justin "Zeejustin" Bonomo Accuses Men "The Master" Nguyen Of Cheating

Men "The Master" Nguyen doesn't exactly have the best reputation in the poker world.

If he's not slow-rolling people at the 2008 World Poker Open and fingering ...

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Daniel Negreanu Weighs In on "JJProdigy"

Daniel Negreanu has weighed in on "JJProdigy" in his most recent blog entitled "My Take on the JJProdigy Kid" (link below).

Negreanu is not happy at all with J...

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Josh "JJProdigy" Field Appears on the Pokerroad Radio Show; More Controversy Erupts

I've been on a "mini" vacation the past few days. Over that time, a number of new stories have surfaced in the poker world. For starters, the Aussie Millions event continues i...

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The Kahnawake Gaming Commission's "Decision" Regarding Absolute Poker Was Thoroughly Ridiculous

On Friday the KGC (Kahnawake Gaming Commission) released their final report regarding allegations of cheating at Absolute Poker and wrapped up their ten week investigation.
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Kahnawake Gaming Commission Wraps up Investigation of Absolute Poker

The Kahnawake Gaming Commission announced on Friday that it had completed its months long investigation of Absolute Poker. This investigation relates to the entire "superuser"...

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JJProdigy Banned from the PCA (Pokerstars Caribbean Adventure)

Josh "JJProdigy" Field will not be welcome at the PCA event taking place in January. Pokerstars, which hosts the event, said in an email this morning that "JJProdigy"'s lifeti...

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Josh "JJProdigy" Field Begs for Forgiveness

If you follow online poker at all then you already know who "JJProdigy" is. He was banned in February of '06 for multi-accounting, and it was also revealed at that time that h...

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Sorel Mizzi and Chris "BluffMagCV" Vaughn Speak Out

Pokernews.com has posted the first in a two-part series in which they jointly interview Sorel "Imper1um" Mizzi and Chris "BluffMagCV" Vaughn.

In case you weren...

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Sorel "Imper1um" Mizzi Banned from Full Tilt Poker?

The online poker world tonight is buzzing about the revelation that there has been another cheater caught in a high profile online poker event.

Let's rewind ab...

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Absolute Poker Issues Interim Statement

Earlier tonight, Absolute Poker issued an interim statement dated November 8th, 2007. Here are the main points from the press release:

-Kahnawake Gaming Commiss...

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How Ridiculous Is Absolute Poker For Not Being Able to Retrieve a Hand History?

Absolute Poker is a major online card room that generates by some estimates hundreds of millions of dollars in revenues per year. I am sure that this company would be valued a...

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Absolute Poker Releases Statement

Below is the company's official statement that was released on Sunday morning. There are a few additional pieces of information that have come out via Pocketfives.com and Twop...

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Your Saturday Morning Absolute Poker Update

Here is a quick recap of some of the stuff that went down on Friday, plus a few other interesting tidbits of information:

-Absolute Poker has still not released...

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Absolute Poker to Admit that Their Software was Compromised

Absolute Poker, the subject of many allegations and accusations over the past month, have stated tonight that they will be admitting that their system was in fact compromised,...

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Absolute Poker News and Notes

There has been a lot of new activity in regards to the Absolute Poker story since we last wrote an article. The story is breaking fast and new pieces of the puzzle seem to be ...

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Absolute Poker to Submit to Third Party Audit; Former CEO to Be Investigated

Absolute Poker has issued a statement tonight in regards to the many new allegations that have been made against their site over the past 48 hours.

Absolute Po...

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Absolute Poker: Going, Going..

The Absolute Poker controversy keeps getting more wild by the day.

So when we last left you, Absolute Poker had issued a statement denying that anyone had acce...

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Pokerstars WCOOP Champ "TheV0id" Is Disqualified and Banned

Pokerstars has officially brought down the judgment regarding the WCOOP cheating scandal and it is not good news for "TheV0id." "TheV0id" has now officially been disqualified ...

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The Absolute Poker Situation Heats Up Once Again

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 offi...

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Absolute Poker's Response to the "Superuser" Account Controversy: The Aftermath

In case you didn't hear, Absolute Poker finally released an official response to the entire "superuser" account matter. For those who don't know, there are many people who bel...

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Absolute Poker Releases Official Statement

Through Mark Seif's blog on Bluff Magazine, Absolute Poker has finally released an official statement. What do you think? Are you satisfied with their responses? First, here i...

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The Latest Email From Pokerstars in the "TheV0id" / WCOOP Matter

We said that we would keep everyone right up to date, and that we would post anytime we heard anything. Well here is the latest email that we received from the Pokerstars Supp...

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The Pokerstars WCOOP Investigation Continues

I wasn't going to write about the Pokerstars WCOOP investigation tonight, but there are a lot of rumors going around so I thought that I would write this article to let every...

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The Latest on the Absolute Poker and Pokerstars Investigations

Many people are extremely curious as to how the Absolute Poker and Pokerstars investigations are progressing. Neither situation has been resolved as of yet, so we can only tel...

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Again, Why Do Poker Sites Protect the Privacy of Cheaters?

We wrote an article about this a few months back, but it bothers me so much, I'm writing another one.

Why do poker sites insist on protecting the privacy of pe...

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Pokerstars Investigation into Winner of WCOOP Main Event Continues

Pokerstars continues to investigate the winner of the WCOOP main event, "TheV0id", after suspicions of multi-accounting surfaced following the conclusion of the WCOOP main eve...

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Pokerstars Investigating the WCOOP Main Event Champion?

Another scandal in the online poker world?

Or simply a false alarm?

When "TheV0id" took down the main event of the WCOOP for $1.2 million dollars...

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Absolute Poker's Response to "Holecard-Gate" Has Been Sorely Lacking

Remember when Curt Schilling, pitcher for the Boston Red Sox, was accused of putting fake blood on his sock during the 2004 World Series to play up his injury? He took to the ...

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So Absolute Poker Might Be Rigged?

We've been waiting for a bit to write this article, as we wanted to hear some sort of a response from Absolute Poker. Now that they have issued some kind of statement (via the...

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Pokerstars to Multi-Accounters: This is War

We have been told by several sources high up in Pokerstars that they are going to be devoting "substantially more" resources towards locating and eliminating multi-accounters ...

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Flyndra Identified as Pokerstars Millions Cheater; Ambi Also Banned

A few days ago, we told you about how Pokerstars had banned a player that had final tabled their 8/12 Sunday Millions tournament, and confiscated his winnings. At the time we ...

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Cheaters Caught in the Most Recent Pokerstars Millions

With all of the recent talk about strong players taking over accounts for other players late in a tournament, we found it interesting that Pokerstars has busted an account for...

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GBMantis in the Center of a Multi-Accounting Storm

Now, it is important to note before we begin this article that nothing has been proven as of yet, and I am sure that Pokerstars is investigating the matter right now. However,...

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Neverwin Banned Permanently From Pokerstars

It's the end of an era on Pokerstars. Dustin "Neverwin" Woolf has been permanently banned from the site. Woolf first rose to prominence in the high level Limit hold'em games o...

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JJProdigy Back in the News

If you thought that JJProdigy was simply going to go away and leave the online poker world when he was banned from pretty much every site back in early 2006, you were sadly mi...

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Multi-Accounting Brings Down Another Online Poker Player

Just last week, we posted an article that said that multi-accounting was still a huge problem in the online poker world, and some of the biggest and brightest names in the ind...

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Multi-Accounting Still a Big Problem in Online Poker

After hanging out in Vegas for over a month and talking to just about everyone in the online and live poker world, I came to a number of realizations:


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Should Dutch Boyd and Justin "Zeejustin" Bonomo Finally be Forgiven?

A number of years ago, Dutch Boyd started up an online poker site called PokerSpot. The site became popular very quickly, and was, according to Dutch himself, making a lot of ...

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