Noah Stephens-Davidowitz

Founder, Editor-in-Chief, General Manager

E-mail: noah@subjectpoker.com

Noah graduated from Brown University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science in math. He was a professional poker player from 2006 to 2010, starting at small stakes STTs, and eventually working his way up to mid/high-stakes NLHE 6-max cash games. Towards the end of his career, he was also a poker coach, a Guest Pro for PokerSavvy and a video producer for DeucesCracked. Noah is well-known in the online poker community, where goes by the moniker NoahSD, and he has appeared on many poker radio shows and podcasts.

Since retiring as a professional poker player, Noah has remained active in the poker community, where his principal interest is in poker security. He uncovered the Stoxtrader collusion scandal, the Absolute Poker keno scandal (with fellow S:P founder Thomas Bakker), and many smaller scandals. Together with Thomas, Noah conducted an extremely extensive investigation for Cake Poker to determine whether anyone had exploited a discovered encryption vulnerability to cheat on that site.

Noah and Thomas founded Subject: Poker because of general dissatisfaction with the established poker media. In his capacity as editor-in-chief, Noah reads, edits, and approves all content that is published on the site. When he is not busy with Subject: Poker, Noah occasionally finds time to write for his blogs, http://www.nsdpoker.com/, where he posts his opinions about all things poker-related as well as some completely unrelated topics, and http://www.solipsistslog.com/, where he posts about nerdy things that interest him.




Goodbye from Subject: Poker

February 4, 2012 - 5:21 PM EDT
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
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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Superuser Scandal Victims Sue Old UB

January 17, 2012 - 3:51 PM EDT
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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Large Amounts of Personal Data Leaked from UB (Update: Site down)

December 2, 2011 - 6:54 PM EDT
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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Merge to Accept New US Players Tomorrow

October 12, 2011 - 5:38 PM EDT
Merge to Accept New US Players Tomorrow

The Merge Gaming Network has quietly announced plans to start taking new US player sign-ups tomorrow at 12:01 AM EDT. Some Merge skins have contacted affiliates with the news, and some have responded to players' inquiries to confirm. Merge, currently the second largest poker network that serves US players according to PokerScout.com, stopped accepting new US sign-ups over four months ago. Multiple sources close to the situation said at the time that the measure was a...

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DOJ Releases Statement about FTP (Updated)

September 29, 2011 - 1:43 PM EDT
DOJ Releases Statement about FTP (Updated)

Updated 10/2 at 9:09 AM EDT. The United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York has released a statement clarifying its position with regard to Full Tilt Poker and players who are owed money by the site. Though the statement makes no commitments, it is remarkable in that it discusses the possibility of the DOJ compensating players directly: ...

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AGCC Revokes FTP’s Licenses

September 29, 2011 - 1:18 PM EDT
AGCC Revokes FTP’s Licenses

After a three-month-long suspension, the Alderney Gambling Control Commission has revoked the licenses of three of Full Tilt Poker's four Alderney licensed companies. In a detailed notice, the AGCC provided its rationale for taking...

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Interview with Tom “durrrr” Dwan about FTP

September 22, 2011 - 6:22 PM EDT
Interview with Tom “durrrr” Dwan about FTP

Tom "durrrr" Dwan is one of the best-known players of nosesbleed-stakes poker and the newest member of Team Full Tilt. On April 16th, his friend Phil Galfond decided to guarantee $1 million of Stars and Full Tilt payouts to players, and Dwan decided to match it. Dwan has since raised this to the amount that he earned in sponsorship money from Full Tilt Poker, an amount that he says is higher than $1 million. He...

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BREAKING: DOJ’s Civil Complaint Amended, Alleges FTP Stole Player Funds (Update 7)

September 20, 2011 - 12:00 PM EDT
BREAKING: DOJ’s Civil Complaint Amended, Alleges FTP Stole Player Funds (Update 7)

Most recent update: 9/20 at 4:37 PM EDT. The US Department of Justice has amended its Black Friday civil complaint to include discussion of alleged "Full Tilt Poker's and the FTP insider defendants' theft of player funds." The new complaint adds three new defendants, Howard Lederer, Chris Ferguson, and Rafe Furst. It also alleges that these new defendents together with Ray Bitar committed money laundering, and asks for penalties ranging from $12M for Furst to $42M for Lederer. A...

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DOJ Releases Some Stars Funds

September 3, 2011 - 9:53 PM EDT
DOJ Releases Some Stars Funds

The US Attorney for the Southern District of New York has agreed to release an unspecified amount of money to PokerStars. The agreement does not say how much money has been released. Instead, it says only that the DOJ has agreed to release all funds in a particular Luxembourgish account except for $5.5 million. It explains that the $5.5 million was derived from the real money play of US players. Presumably, the remaining funds in the account were released...

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