Friday afternoon the Kahnawake Gaming Commission (KGC) issued an 11-page report documenting the findings of their extensive investigation into the cheating that took place on the online poker room Ultimate Bet. The report confirmed what many people already believed to be true and also offered some new information about how many people and screennames were involved in the scandal and how much money was stolen from UB customers.
The KGC first received complaints about the suspected cheating in January of 2008. In September the KGC announced they believed cheating had taken place on the site and this most recent report adds depth and breadth to what actually happened in the UB scandal. Here are some of the major points included in the report:
– The cheating took place from June of 2003 until December 2007, which is a departure from the timeline of events presented by Ultimate Bet last summer which suggested the inicidents began in early 2005. At that time Ultimate Bet was owned and operated by eWorld Holdings, not the site’s current parent company Tokwiro.
– Since news of the scandal broke Tokwiro has refunded just over $22 million to customers affected by the cheating and also paid a $1.5 million penalty to the KGC. The company was also responsible for fully funding the KGC’s investigation into the matter.
– The KGC identified only one individual by name in the report and that is former World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event winner Russ Hamilton. Though the report claims Hamilton had 31 other co-conspirators in the cheating, they remained unidentified. The KGC’s findings were that Hamilton was, for all intents and purposes, the ringleader of the operation and most all of the player to player financial transactions were filtered through accounts connected to his name.
– Within the report is a full list of the 117 usernames connected to the cheating. Because players were able to change their screennames at will on UB’s poker client, these 117 screennames do not represent 117 individual accounts, only 23 accounts. The KGC asserted no one connected to these accounts is affiliated with UB anymore.
– Tokwiro was not aware of the superuser code located within the UB’s normal code when they acquired the site from eWorld Holdings. According to the report, Tokwiro was only provided information about codes updated after November 2005. Since the cheat code had not been changed or altered in that period, Tokwiro was unaware of its existence until the scandal broke.
Even though Tokwiro came out relatively unscathed in the KGC report, save for the millions of dollars they lost paying back customers, they are still going to be closely monitored by the KGC in the future. As part of an agreement to maintain their KGC-issued gambling license, Tokwiro will be required to report to KGC on issues such as new executive hires and provide copies of their game logs to independent consulting groups for monitoring.

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