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Kahnawake Issues Final Report on Online Poker Scandal

Russ Hamilton 'Primarily Responsible'; 31 Additional Names Reportedly Given to Law Enforcement

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Kahnawake Gaming CommissionTwenty months after the UltimateBet cheating scandal first began to break, the Kahnawake Gaming Commission released its final decision regarding the incident on Friday afternoon.

“In total, the Commission’s investigation revealed 23 accounts that had a total of 117 usernames that were used by the responsible individual(s) to facilitate the cheating incidents,” the report stated. “The incidences of cheating began in June 2003 and continued until December 2007.”

As for the individuals involved in the scandal, the Kahnawake Gaming Commission wrote:

“As stated in the Commission’s September 29, 2008 public statement, the available evidence shows that Russell Hamilton, an individual previously associated with eWorld Holdings Group, was primarily responsible for and benefited from the multiple cheating incidences. The vast majority of the computer devices and IP addresses used by the cheating accounts were directly associated with Russell Hamilton. The vast majority of the cheating accounts transferred money through Russell Hamilton’s player accounts.

“The individuals who transferred money, changed usernames or withdrew money from accounts, all had ties to the eWorld Holdings Group and/or Russell Hamilton. The beneficiaries of these transfers and withdrawals were either Russell Hamilton or individuals who worked directly with Russell Hamilton or the eWorld Holdings group.”

The report listed all of the usernames involved, but none of the actual names of any individuals other than Hamilton. It did state that “the Commission has provided extensive information to law enforcement authorities, including the names of 31 individuals who were associated, to varying degrees, with Russell Hamilton, the cheating accounts and/or transactions related to the cheating accounts.”

The report did not identify which specific law enforcement authorities it notified.

The Commission stated that it has fined Tokwiro Enterprises ENRG, the owner of UltimateBet, $1.5 million and that it directed the company to reimburse over $22 million to UB players who were affected in the controversy. Both amounts have been paid in full.

The Kahnawake Gaming Commission also issued a report following the Absolute Poker scandal.

The Commission concluded that with revamped security measures and corrective actions, “Tokwiro has provided sufficient evidence to justify the continuation of its license to operate, subject to a number of additional conditions of licensure.”

The entire 11-page report can be read on Kahnawake’s website (PDF).

“This decision concludes the most difficult, lengthy and complex investigation the Commission has ever undertaken,” the report stated. “Despite the unfortunate circumstances that gave rise to this matter, the Commission is satisfied that an equitable result was achieved for UB players.”

 
 
 
 

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seamarfan269
8 years ago

Man, I would LOVE to see this played out in court!! This could be like "OJ" for poker players. "If the laptop don't fit...you must acquit!" Nuff Said.

 
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Scootsy
8 years ago

Somebody on the commission needs help with their spelling. The plural of incident is incidents, not incidences.

 
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Scootsy
8 years ago

And BTW, why hasn't the country where UB is located -- Canada, I presume -- extradited Hamilton and begun prosecuting him for fraud. I mean, what's going on up there?

 
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pokertramp2003
8 years ago

Why not release the actual names of all the cheating scum bags. Its the least they could do.

 
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balgofar
8 years ago

UB is not located in Canada. Russ Hamilton lies in the US. Whats going on down there?

 
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DarkHours
8 years ago

This cheater still walks the streets? I trust the karma gods will get him his just due. Perhaps he thinks because Kahnawake's located in Canada On a Indian reserve outside of Montreal)he is going to get away from this. I hope the good old Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP)get him good.

 
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Darthrich1
8 years ago

Rule of law does not apply at the Kahnawake reserve. It is First Nations land and the Canadian government has limited powers. This is not a democracy with rule of law. Intimidation, organized crime and corruption rule on the reserve.

 
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balgofar
8 years ago

RCMP cannot do squat. Again the Kahnawake is located in the Mowhawk nation, not considered Canada and rule under their own laws.

 
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anchordraw
8 years ago

just like we never suspected A-Rod, Clemens, Petit etc were on that list of player who did steriods, It would be interesting to see what other well know player were working with Russ. 31 names on that hidden list. Might look at who is playing golf with russ, or who his other buddies were during that period. I have trouble believing Helmuth or Duke were involved. Have to see evidence of that to suspect them. deep throat says follow the money. Lots of it seems to flow to Phil. Maybe he is using it to pay for that trip he said he was going to make to pass out his poker DVDs to the troops. Hey Phil, take Russ with you on that trip, and leave him over there.

 
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texasroadgambler
8 years ago

You'll finally get to see "the list". Since this was a scam of substantial dimension, if the Kahnawake have really turned over the results of their investigation to various law enforcement agencies, it is too large for the Feds to ignore.

It will be interesting to see if they pursue indictments for wire fraud and money laundering.

With so many people allegedly involved, the Feds will certainly flip some of them.

 
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Darthrich1
8 years ago

I wish our government (Canadian) was as effective as yours. Our government would prefer to sweep everything under the table. They are scared of the Mohawk who use violence to rule the reserve. The government went head to head with the Mohawks before and lost. They wont do it again unless forced to somehow.

 
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texasroadgambler
8 years ago

It remains to be seen if this statement is true:

“the Commission has provided extensive information to law enforcement authorities, including the names of 31 individuals who were associated, to varying degrees, with Russell Hamilton, the cheating accounts and/or transactions related to the cheating accounts.”

If true, some law enforcement agency will be in possession of information that the Feds will most likely be interested in.

In any event, the Kahnawake Gaming Commission is in possession of this information. They will get quite a surprise if they think that they are exempt from compliance with U.S.law relative to these types of allegedly criminal activities.

 
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sunster
8 years ago

why does everyone keep thinking this is a canadian issue? the government doesn't regulate online poker, and ultimate bet's headquarters aren't isn't in canada. There was no crime committed in Canadian jurisdiction, so the RCMP can't go after anyone. Where ever Ub head quarters is, that government can go after Russel. We all want the government to stay out of online poker, so we also have to suffer the consequences when something illegal happens like this

 
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krapstain
8 years ago

The real question here is has anyone really been compensated for there losses or are they just trying to save face, because i have lost a good amount to one of the names listed and have not seen any compensation.

 
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superdon
8 years ago

where did you see the lest krapstain?

 
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superdon
8 years ago

oops...LIST?

 
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krapstain
8 years ago

click on the 11 page report scroll down and it will be there all 131 names of the cheaters but no names of who was compensated of course

 
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texasroadgambler
8 years ago

bmpek: Oh stop, please. You're making me feel guilty exchanging comments with such a mentally challenged person.

Some obscure Indian tribe in Canada is exempt from international law? Do you sleep under a bridge and use the Internet at a public library?

 
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texasroadgambler
8 years ago

bmpek: Read the last paragraph of page 8 of the Commission report. So they do care about what "are (sic) justice or irs have to say."

I know, I shouldn't have helped you. I should have just let you struggle along. Oh well, I told you that I was feeling guilty after seeing you on your back for so long.

Try to think positive thoughts today. You might be surprised how much better they will make you feel.

 
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dontflinch
8 years ago

all the indians just 'oversee' themselves. one sneaky hand washes the other. most cheat, steal and embezzle while laughing at taking the white mans' money. they also get to hire only indians if they want. nowhere else in america can you engage in racial discrimination and it's protected. I've dealt in 3 indian casinos. they're all crooked.

the real answer is to legalize online poker so real government can supervise and tax it. there might be some waste and occasional fraud but the indians are rife with it, everywhere. and at least this sort of stealing, cheating and completely vague oversight report that doesn't even name all the criminals would prolly not happen.

 
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