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Russ Hamilton Reportedly Behind UltimateBet Cheating Scam

Company Hired by Kahnawake Gaming Commission Fingers Him

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Russ Hamilton was the main perpetrator behind the UltimateBet cheating scandalUPDATE: The sum $60 million, which appeared initially in the IGamingNews report, was incorrect. The sum should instead be $6.1 million, as it now stands.

A gaming consulting firm run by the former New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement has uncovered the man mainly responsible for the cheating scandal that bilked players out of more than $6.1 million on UltimateBet.com, and he’s a former World Series of Poker champion.

Russ Hamilton is named as the main perpetrator behind the scam, according to a report published today by IGamingNews, which references the commission’s interim report. The full report is due November.

The Kahnawake Gaming Commission (KGC), which licenses many of the online poker and gambling sites, hired former New Jersey Assistant Attorney General Frank Catania Sr.’s Catania Gaming Consultants to find out just who it was that perpetrated the cheating scam that used “superuser” accounts for 3.5 years to view opponents’ holecards. The firm named Hamilton, who won the WSOP main event in 1994. According to IGamingNews, he gained behind-the-scenes access as part of UltimateBet’s affiliate program team.
 
The scheme was uncovered by online players who noticed questionable play and began charting the suspicious players. Under pressure from these players, the KGC was forced to do a complete investigation, which is coming to a close. Other names of cheaters are expected to be released soon.

The KGC will try to work with law enforcement authorities to prosecute the cheaters.

So far, about $6 million has been returned to players.

The company will also have to remove all employees who CGC names as a threat to the security of the site, even if people with ownership stakes in the company are named. UltimateBet will also be fined $1.5 million.

 
 
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pokersmith74
9 years ago

I am sure it's not the only site this is happening on. Just a matter of time before you start seeing this stuff on other sites. Too easy to cheat online. Let's just all play in live poker rooms and say to hell with online poker!

 
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PokerJoeK
9 years ago

All play live??? LOL

Closest casino to me is 205 miles, my computer is a few feet away!

 
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PokerJoeK
9 years ago

This person and ANY other online poker crook that is caught cheating, employee or player, should be BANNED from EVERY online site and EVERY live casino in the world!!! Let them try to make a living at home games or a real job!!!

 
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PokerJoeK
9 years ago

What about some STREET JUSTICE!!!

 
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seamarfan269
9 years ago

WOW!! Thanx for setting poker back 25 years Russ. WTG!! NUFF SAID!!!

 
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robtr3
9 years ago

Nahhh...there are ways to audit successful players to ensure they're not enjoying an unfair advantage, and systems to ensure they're not being manipulated to conceal those kinds of advantages. I do agree that, once those responsible are found guilty by a recognized authority, we should run 'em out of the game, PERIOD!

 
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MrRod
9 years ago

How can you find out if you've been cheated by UtimateBet. I was a player on UB and quit because I felt there was cheating going on. MrRod

 
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Monti_Rock
9 years ago

My Question is why CP Magazine was sitting on this? I mean this was going down since at LEAST May, and if anybody thinks Russ is the mastermind you're crazy. There's so much info it'll take dozens of pages to read....

 
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NoFoldEm
almost 9 years ago

I started playing party poker and I had Queens full of Aces and was a cash game...the player that got the aprox $800 had 3 ACES and nothing else....I wrote message after message I printed the table and still I did not get my money....ALL SITES ARE SUCKING THE PLAYERS DRY...DROP OUT AND WATCH YOUR HAND,,,,IF YOU STAY THE HAND SUCKS DROP OUT AND YOU HAVE A WINNER MORE THAN NOT....
all of these on-line wonder kids (IN MY OPINION) have someone inside the site itself helping them make all this money you read about....

They make sure one or 2 win a bunch of money while millions of us dumb azzez lose our money.....

I WILL NEVER PLAY FOR REAL MONEY ON LINE....only stupid asses do that .....

 
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