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.




FTP’s August 30th Statement

August 31, 2011 - 12:12 AM EDT
FTP’s August 30th Statement

Subject: Poker has received the following unprecedented statement from Full Tilt Poker: As is obvious from the events that have transpired since April 15th, Full Tilt Poker was not prepared for the far-reaching, US government enforcement effort of Black Friday. The events of Black Friday came on the heels of prior government enforcement activities and significant theft. Over the two years preceding Black Friday, the US government seized approximately $115M of player funds located in U.S. banks. While we believed that offering peer-to-peer online poker did not violate any federal laws—a belief supported by many solid and well-reasoned legal opinions—the DOJ took a different view. In addition, as was widely reported, a key payment processor stole approximately $42M from Full Tilt Poker. Until April 15th, Full Tilt Poker had always covered...

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FTP’s “$60M Shortfall” Actually Much Larger

August 26, 2011 - 4:25 PM EDT
FTP’s “$60M Shortfall” Actually Much Larger

On June 16th, Subject: Poker reported that Full Tilt Poker had credited $60 million to players for deposits that never left their bank accounts. In fact, the total amount of still uncollected funds is $128 million.[2. We have been unable to determine the total amount...

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Interview with Jungleman about Girah

August 12, 2011 - 2:45 PM EDT
Interview with Jungleman about Girah

Daniel "Jungleman" Cates is famous in the poker world for playing high stakes and taking the Durrrr Challenge. Recently, he became involved in a controversy with José "Girah" Macedo. Macedo became famous in the poker world in January when a new account on the Two Plus Two Poker forums posted that an anonymous Portuguese "poker prodigy" had won 2.5 million euros in a year. Both Cates and his friend, Haseeb "DOG IS HEAD" Qureshi, posted...

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KGC Upholds FTP’s Authorization

August 1, 2011 - 7:04 PM EDT
KGC Upholds FTP’s Authorization

The Kahnawake Gaming Commission announced Friday that it has agreed to renew Full Tilt Poker's Secondary Client Provider Authorization. The KGC offers Secondary CPAs to sites that already hold "a valid license to operate interactive gaming issued by a comparable jurisdiction." Holders of Secondary CPAs have many of the same rights as those directly licensed by the KGC, including the ability to use Mohawk Internet Technology's servers, which...

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FTP’s Financial Relationship with Two Pros

July 29, 2011 - 3:36 PM EDT
FTP’s Financial Relationship with Two Pros

From June 2009 until April 2011, Phil Ivey borrowed money from Full Tilt Poker at least eighteen times, totalling at least $10,715,000, repaid loaned money to the poker site at least five times, totalling at least $5 million, and was paid at least $1.2 million by the site in various marketing payments and perks. Over a non-contiguous eighteen-month period from 2008, 2010, and 2011, David Benyamine earned at least $800,000 from the poker site...

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Interview with Presidential Candidate Gary Johnson – Part II

July 19, 2011 - 4:11 PM EDT
Interview with Presidential Candidate Gary Johnson – Part II

Gary Johnson is the former Governor of New Mexico. He served in that role from 1995 to 2003, making him the first Governor of New Mexico to serve two full four-year terms after the term limit was increased from one to two in 1991. He is now running for President of the United States as a Republican. His political views are essentially libertarian, stressing small government. As Governor of New Mexico, he vetoed a record...

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Interview with Presidential Candidate Gary Johnson – Part I

July 18, 2011 - 3:12 PM EDT
Interview with Presidential Candidate Gary Johnson – Part I

Gary Johnson is the former Governor of New Mexico. He served in that role from 1995 to 2003, making him the first Governor of New Mexico to serve two full four-year terms after the term limit was increased from one to two in 1991. He is now running for President of the United States as a Republican. His political views are essentially libertarian, stressing small government. As Governor of New Mexico, he vetoed a...

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UK Plans to Change iGaming Regs

July 14, 2011 - 8:12 PM EDT
UK Plans to Change iGaming Regs

The United Kingdom's Department for Culture, Media, and Sport today announced its intentions to dramatically reform British internet gambling regulations. The planned changes would require all sites that serve British customers to obtain a UK license. Currently, the United Kingdom does not require a...

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FTP Agreed to Exclusive Negotiations

July 10, 2011 - 7:43 PM EDT
FTP Agreed to Exclusive Negotiations

Full Tilt Poker has entered into an exclusive bargaining agreement with a prospective European investor. The agreement, reached on June 30th, requires Full Tilt to stop negotiations with other prospective investors for at least three weeks while the primary suitor conducts due diligence investigations and negotiates with the poker site's executives. Due diligence presumably poses a significant hurdle in this case because Full Tilt is an opaque entity with a complex corporate structure, an indicted executive, a civil...

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FTP’s French License Suspended

July 4, 2011 - 4:32 PM EDT
FTP’s French License Suspended

The French regulator Autorité de Régulation des Jeux En Ligne has suspended Full Tilt Poker's French license today. ARJEL held a meeting earlier today to discuss the French-facing poker site FullTiltPoker.fr, which has been down since last Wednesday when the Alderney Gambling Control Commission suspended Full Tilt's licenses. About an hour ago, the French regulator released a statement announcing that Full Tilt's French license is now suspended as well. ...

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