Goodbye from Subject: Poker

February 4, 2012 - 5:21 PM EDT
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Goodbye from Subject: Poker

Subject: Poker will not be publishing any more articles. Currently, Thomas Bakker and I are starting a poker security consulting company. As a result, I can no longer guarantee my independence as editor-in-chief. Subject: Poker's founding principle is independence, so it would be inappropriate for me to continue Subject: Poker. The website will stay up with all articles intact for the foreseeable future, but it will naturally become a bit of a relic as time passes and no new articles are added. I hope that it will continue to prove a useful resource for the poker community. Diamond Flush has decided to start a new poker news site, Diamond Flush Poker. Diamond has been an incredible member of our team who's written many of our...

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Judge Dismisses Most of FTP Class Action

February 1, 2012 - 12:42 AM EDT
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Judge Dismisses Most of FTP Class Action

On Monday, Judge Leonard Sand of the Southern District of New York dismissed many of the claims raised in a class action lawsuit against Full Tilt Poker, many of its companies, many of its owners, and others associated with the organization. The suit, which was originally filed on June 30th on behalf of all US players, lists thirteen individual defendants: Ray Bitar, Nelson Burtnick, Howard Lederer, Phil Ivey, Chris Ferguson, John Juanda, Jennifer Harman-Traniello, Phil Gordon,...

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Chris Ferguson’s Secret FTP Bank Accounts and Threats to GBT Deal

January 25, 2012 - 9:03 PM EDT
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Chris Ferguson’s Secret FTP Bank Accounts and Threats to GBT Deal

From at least April of 2007, Chris Ferguson funnelled just under $60 million of his Full Tilt distribution payments into bank accounts held for him in the name of Pocket Kings Ltd, in addition to the roughly $25 million that the US Department of Justice reported that he received in their amended civil complaint. He successfully withdrew or spent about...

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Superuser Scandal Victims Sue Old UB

January 17, 2012 - 3:51 PM EDT
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Superuser Scandal Victims Sue Old UB

Correction posted 1/18/2011 12:18 AM EST. Eight poker pros and alleged victims of the Ultimate Bet superuser scandal have filed a civil suit against Excapsa Software, Inc., the company behind Ultimate Bet until 2006. The plaintiffs are Daniel "Ashman" Ashman, Brad Booth, Thomas "tommyboy83" Koral, Greg "Captain Zeebo" Laverly, Dave Lizmi, Daniel "King Dan" Smith, Joseph Sanders,...

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FTP and GBT Agree on Assets; DOJ Next in the Queue

December 15, 2011 - 10:41 AM EDT
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FTP and GBT Agree on Assets; DOJ Next in the Queue

Subject: Poker can now confirm that Full Tilt Poker and Groupe Bernard Tapie have executed an agreement to further the transfer of FTP's assets to GBT. This agreement was necessary to pave the way for the US Department of Justice to take possession of the assets voluntarily being forfeited by Full Tilt. This was the next step in the complicated process of transferring Full Tilt assets (by way of the US Department of Justice) to Groupe Bernard Tapie....

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Elie, Campos Argue Motion to Dismiss

December 5, 2011 - 6:09 PM EDT
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Scales of justice

On December 1, oral arguments were heard in Manhattan Federal Court before NY Federal Judge Lawrence Kaplan, in the motion to dismiss the UIGEA, IGBA, and fraud charges facing two of those criminally charged on Black Friday. Before a gallery full of prosecutors, attorneys, law enforcement and journalists (including Subject: Poker), attorneys for John Campos and Chad Elie challenged the legality of the charges facing their clients. Judge Kaplan has yet to rule on the motion,...

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Large Amounts of Personal Data Leaked from UB (Update: Site down)

December 2, 2011 - 6:54 PM EDT
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Large Amounts of Personal Data Leaked from UB (Update: Site down)

A large amount of personal data about UB players has been leaked. The data, which was posted publicly on the internet, appears to contain information about every player with an account at Ultimate Bet. Subject: Poker estimates that roughly 3.5 million accounts are affected. Accounts on UB's sister site, Absolute Poker, are not included. The leaked data includes the following: Full name Screen name E-mail address Phone number Mailing address Account balance IP address Deposit methods used (e.g. "echeck") Birth date Account number (unique identifier for...

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