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.




AGCC in Talks with FTP

July 4, 2011 - 6:07 AM EDT
AGCC in Talks with FTP

The Alderney Gambling Control Commission has released a new statement concerning Full Tilt Poker, stating that it is in talks "with its licensees trading as Full Tilt Poker and a third party concerning the prospective refinancing of Full Tilt Poker." The statement provides little detail. It describes the negotiations as "at an early stage," but does not provide a timeline. Though it mentions a third party, it does not even say explicitly that this third party is a prospective investor, and it does not name it. The characterization of the talks as "concerning the prospective refinancing of Full Tilt Poker" seems to confirm what Subject: Poker has been hearing: that the poker site is in talks with prospective investors. The commission suspended Full Tilt's licenses Wednesday.[1. The Alderney Gaming Control Commission licensed four...

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KGC Statement about FTP

June 30, 2011 - 5:46 PM EDT
Kahnawake Gaming Commission

Subject: Poker has obtained a statement from the Kahnawake Gaming Commission about Full Tilt Poker:

Yesterday morning Full Tilt Poker had its licenses suspended by the Alderney Gaming Control Commission, and its site has been down since. We reported later in the day that FTP was considering using a permit from the KGC to continue operations. We had received conflicting reports about whether FTP already had such a permit or whether they were in the...

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Full Tilt Looks to the KGC

June 29, 2011 - 8:34 PM EDT
Full Tilt Looks to the KGC

Full Tilt Poker is considering reopening its operations with a permit from the Kahnawake Gaming Commission. Earlier today, the Alderney Gambling Control Commission suspended Full Tilt Poker's licenses. Afterwards, players were unable to connect to the poker site using the client software, and Full Tilt's website reported that its...

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Jack Binion Considers Investing in FTP

June 26, 2011 - 11:02 PM EDT
Jack Binion Considers Investing in FTP

Subject: Poker has heard from numerous sources that Jack Binion is in advanced talks with Full Tilt Poker about potentially investing in the poker site. Full Tilt has failed to repay US players since some of its executives and payment processors were indicted on April 15th. After Black Friday, many have speculated that Full Tilt simply did not have the money to repay US players. The site has confirmed in public statements that it is...

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Phil Ivey Meets FTP Execs in Ireland

June 24, 2011 - 1:59 PM EDT
Phil Ivey Meets FTP Execs in Ireland

Subject: Poker has heard from numerous reliable sources inside of Full Tilt Poker that Phil Ivey spent days meeting with executives at Pocket Kings headquarters in Ireland over the past week. It is not exactly clear why he was there, but multiple reliable sources noted that he appeared to be in good spirits and...

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Barton’s iPoker Bill Released

June 24, 2011 - 6:24 AM EDT
Barton’s iPoker Bill Released

Representative Joe Barton has released the current full text of his proposed bill to license and regulate online poker in the United States. If passed, the bill, named the "Internet Gambling Prohibition, Poker Consumer Protection, and Strengthening UIGEA Act of 2011," would allow for the licensing and regulation of online poker alone. The bill as currently written would amend federal laws that relate to online gambling to explicitly allow licensed sites to spread online poker. It would provide...

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FTP’s $60M Shortfall

June 16, 2011 - 3:33 PM EDT
FTP’s $60M Shortfall

From at least September of 2010 to February of 2011, Full Tilt Poker was crediting funds to US player accounts for deposits that never left their bank accounts. As has always been the case, players who deposited by electronic funds transfer (also known as EFTs or "e-checks") received the deposited funds instantly in their Full Tilt Poker accounts. Typically, these funds would be debited from the players' bank accounts a few business days after their...

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Cereus Owes $54M, Has $5M-$6M Liquid

June 13, 2011 - 11:50 PM EDT
Cereus Owes $54M, Has $5M-$6M Liquid

Correction posted 11:45 PM EST. Subject: Poker's Scott Bell has learned that Absolute Poker and Ultimate Bet's total outstanding debt to players is $53.7 million, but their cash on hand is only between $5 million and $6 million. These numbers came from a reliable source inside of AP management and have been corroborated by a different person inside a different department in the company. Our source, who wishes to remain anonymous, told us that $29.5 million of...

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Interview with the PPA’s John Pappas- Part II

June 12, 2011 - 3:26 PM EDT
Interview with the PPA’s John Pappas- Part II

John Pappas is executive director of the Poker Players Alliance, a non-profit organization that attempts to represent American poker players' interests. The PPA has faced widespread criticism recently as the United States Congress has failed to provide legislation to license and regulate online poker and the US Department of Justice has largely put a stop to online poker playing in the US. In the first half of the interview, Pappas discussed his role at the...

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Interview with the PPA’s John Pappas- Part I

June 10, 2011 - 5:31 PM EDT
Interview with the PPA’s John Pappas- Part I

John Pappas is executive director of the Poker Players Alliance, a non-profit organization that attempts to represent American poker players' interests. The PPA has faced widespread criticism recently as the United States Congress has failed to provide legislation to license and regulate online poker and the US Department of Justice has largely put a stop to online poker playing in the US. In this first half of the interview, Pappas discusses his role at the...

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