RE: 60 Minutes to Air AP/UB Story (3)

by , Nov 29, 2008 | 1:54 am

Dan Druff over at Neverwin breaks down the Paul Leggett memo in a way that might make some think the AP/UB scandal is still going on, or at least a cover-up is:

* Tokwiro agreed not to prosecute the perpetrator in the Absolute Poker cheating, and to protect that individual’s identity, because this was the only way to ensure that the ability to cheat was fully discovered and disabled. Because of this decision, AP could continue operating and begin to reimburse affected players as quickly as possible.

Pretty sweet deal for the guy, huh? Wouldn’t you like to work for a company that will agree not to prosecute you for stealing millions from them, provided that you just show them how you did it, if caught? There is zero chance that this is true. It would have been easy for them to deconstruct this after-the-fact without this asshole’s help. Obviously they are protecting him either due to continued association/affiliation (likely), fear that he will spill the beans on everyone and everything else there (also likely), or both (most likely).

Must-read for anyone who wants to understand what all the hubbub is about.

11 Comments to “RE: 60 Minutes to Air AP/UB Story (3)”

  1. Kevin Mathers


    I assume you meant to post this link instead:

  2. Lisa Wheeler

    Everything I’ve read up to now has named Russ Hamilton as the perpetrator. They’ve been throwing him under the bus since the beginning. How does AP hide one they’ve already exposed.

  3. California Jen

    Lisa, Tokwiro is claiming that Russ Hamilton perpetrated the cheating at UltimateBet. They never fingered anyone for the Absolute Poker scandal.

  4. KenP

    A while back, 60 minutes did a piece on a Boston Good Fellow involved in multiple murders. The Feds — not some dumb Indians — gave him a walk. The law works in some strange ways. The media is even stranger and that interview was fairly benign — terrifying in what was said but benign by media standards.

    They — the Indians — only released him from laws of torte — civil suit. If we had legitimate oversight on ANY site, there would be different penalties available that weren’t affected by whatever any business might decide to not prosecute on. And, the info they gathered would be subject to discovery.

    Let he who is without sin…

  5. Lisa Wheeler

    Ahh, got it. Thanks Jen.

  6. Kevin Mathers

    They know who did it in the AP situation, they just decided to let him off the hook and not name him, while readily throwing Russ Hamilton (and apparently him alone) under the bus.

  7. DanM

    Oops, I did have the wrong link, which has since been corrected. Thanks for the heads-up, fellow clickers.

    The SNL transcript does give some insight, however, into what I was thinking as I read Todd Witteles’ breakdown:

  8. Kevin Mathers

    Early polling from those able to watch in Canada says that the report repeatedly hammers home the point that online gambling is illegal in the US and Canada. The piece should run on 60 Minutes at about 7:30 ET after football’s over.

  9. DanM

    I know I’m in an extreme minority amongst poker people that agrees with the above …

    But all I can say is how can we be lobbying to make it legal if it isn’t already illegal?

    Yes, the laws are full of loopholes and jurisdictional disputes, but bottom line is I’m not legally allowed to start up an online poker biz here in Nevada, or in Texas, and certainly not in Washington State or Kentucky.

  10. DanM

    Where are you finding the Canadian reports, Kevin?

  11. Kevin Mathers

    Posted over at NVG on 2+2