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.




S:P Has a New Logo!

June 2, 2011 - 7:43 PM EDT
S:P Has a New Logo!

Subject: Poker is quite proud to announce that we've finally got ourselves a new logo! Our logo contest was unquestionably a huge success. We received a lot of really awesome logos with a wide variety of design ideas, and almost all of the entries would have made a great logo for this site. Though we were absolutely terrified to have to choose (especially considering that we don't have good eyes for this sort of thing), one logo just stood out above the rest. You can see it looking beautiful at the top of our page. The logo was designed by Drew Scherer. He's a graduate student studying architecture, which doesn't surprise us, given his obvious design abilities. Before Black Friday, Drew was a NL200 six-max grinder as well. If you'd like...

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Merge Network Temporarily Blocks US Sign-Ups

June 1, 2011 - 11:17 PM EDT
Merge Network Temporarily Blocks US Sign-Ups

The Merge Gaming Network plans to temporarily stop accepting new US players. A source close to Merge who requested anonymity has confirmed this story to Subject: Poker, corroborating the reports of other news outlets. We were unable to find a clear timeline, but our source described the move as "very temporary." The decision will not affect current US players or players outside of the US. Both our...

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Phil Ivey vs. Tiltware Legal Complaint

June 1, 2011 - 7:54 PM EDT
Phil Ivey vs. Tiltware Legal Complaint

Subject: Poker has obtained a copy of Phil Ivey's legal complaint against Tiltware LLC and other people and companies related to Full Tilt Poker. In the complaint, Ivey's lawyers request over $150 million in damages and freedom from the non-compete clause in his contract with Tiltware, alleging that Tiltware et al. violated their contract and severely harmed his reputation. The complaint centers around four principal allegations: That...

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Phil Ivey Releases Statement

June 1, 2011 - 2:33 AM EDT
Full Tilt Poker

Team Full Tilt member Phil Ivey, widely believed to own a large portion of the poker site, released the following statement on his personal website and his facebook fan page on Tuesday: For many years, I have been proud to call myself a poker player. This great sport has taken me to places I only imagined going and I have been blessed with much success. It is therefore with deep regret that I believe I...

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DOJ: NO FTP Funds Released

May 31, 2011 - 7:00 PM EDT
DOJ: NO FTP Funds Released

The Public Information Office of the US Attorney's Office has informed Subject: Poker that NO deal has been struck with Full Tilt Poker to release or unfreeze any funds. eGaming Review Magazine reported Friday that an Irish bank account containing "more than a third of the US$100m to $150m still owed to US players" had been released to FTP. They cited an unnamed FTP source as having provided the information. The false story was widely...

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Full Tilt’s May 30th Update

May 31, 2011 - 12:32 AM EDT
Full Tilt’s May 30th Update

Full Tilt Poker spokesman FTPDoug posted an official update on the status of its American players Monday. The statement, posted on the Two Plus Two Forums, did not say when Full Tilt's US players would receive their money, which has been in limbo since the April 15th indictment. Instead, it said only "We still do not have a specific timeframe for this. There has been, and remains, no bigger priority than getting US players...

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Black Friday Plea Bargain

May 25, 2011 - 4:52 PM EDT
Black Friday Plea Bargain

On May 23rd, Subject: Poker reported that American citizen Bradley Franzen had plead guilty to various charges related to the Black Friday indictments. We now have obtained the full plea agreement between Franzen and the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York. The plea bargain requires Franzen to "truthfully and completely disclose all information with respect to the activities of himself and others concerning all matters about which this Office [the US...

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QuickTender Shuts Down

May 25, 2011 - 4:06 PM EDT
QuickTender Shuts Down

The e-wallet QuickTender shut its doors today after weeks of uncertainty. QuickTender, which also operates under the name UseMyWallet, informed its customers this morning by e-mail: Dear _____ Since our last email communication where we advised any funds in your QuickTender account could still be used to purchase at QuickTender accepting sites we had been working hard to reinstate our withdrawal facility and ensuring your funds where safe and secure. However, further developments specifically relating to our main...

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Merge Refusing New Players from Some States

May 24, 2011 - 8:10 PM EDT
Merge Refusing New Players from Some States

We continue to see possible fallout from the new indictments handed down yesterday as the Merge Poker Network has decided to stop accepting new customers from Washington D.C., Louisiana, Missouri, and Maryland. They have also reiterated their continued desire to not accept new customers from the state of New York. Some of these states should come as no surprise, as many of them have been hostile towards online gambling. In particular, Maryland participated in...

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Interview with Dan Fleyshman- Part II

May 23, 2011 - 2:57 PM EDT
Dan Fleyshman

Dan Fleyshman is CEO of Victory Poker, originally a skin on the Everleaf Network but now on the Cake Network. Before the indictments on April 15th, VP had planned to move to the Cereus network. Three days after Black Friday, Victory Poker pulled out of the US market, and as Fleyshman explains in the interview, his plans to move to Cereus were canceled. In the first half of the interview, Fleyshman discusses his background and the...

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