They say if you have bad news, release it on Friday. And if it’s really, really bad, release it on Friday, September 11, late in the day when the Entities are only thinking about shit like who the next Friday Night Parting Shot Girl should be.
With that said, it should come as no surprise that the folks at the Kahnawake Gaming Commission did the latter in waiting to release its final decision with regard to the Ultimate Bet online poker cheating scandal.
The findings are the result of a year long investigation into the scamming of millions of dollars from players allegedly conducted by Russ Hamilton and others at Ultimate Bet from June 2003 up until December 2007. As a result of the investigation Ultimate Bet’s owner Tokwiro Enterprises has been forced to pay $1.5 million in fines and reimburse more than $22 million to the players affected by the cheating.
Most noteworthy from the report is that a total of 31 individuals other than Hamilton (who was already named a year ago) have been identified by the KGC as being associated with the cheating scam, and all names have been turned over to law enforcement authorities (who knows where though). The names have not been released publicly but all 117 usernames are included in the report (click post image to see them all).
Our hunch is that it won’t be long before some others are named publicly, including some known poker pros.
After the jump, some noteworthy nuggets from the 11-page document the KGC released (download PDF here):
- The incidences of cheating began in June 2003 and continued until December 2007.
- In total, the Commission’s investigation revealed 23 accounts that had a total of 117 usemames that were used by the responsible individual(s) to facilitate the cheating incidences.
- The money won by the cheating accounts was often disbursed throughout the UB site through player to-player transfers.
- The evidence shows that Russ Hamilton was primarily responsible for and benefitted from the multiple cheating incidences.
- The vast majority of the computer devices and IP addresses used by the cheating accounts were directly associated with Russ Hamilton. The vast majority of the cheating accounts transferred money through Russ Hamilton’s player accounts.
- The investigation revealed 23 accounts that had a total of 117 usernames that were used by the responsible individual(s) to facilitate the cheating incidences.
- Commission has provided extensive information to law enforcement authorities, including the names of 31 individuals who were associated, to varying degrees, with Russ Hamilton, the cheating accounts and/or transactions related to the cheating accounts.