In a bury-the-news move, the football-fucking monkeys at UB’s parent company Tokwiro, which is owned by Joseph Tokwiro Norton (above), released their findings on Friday afternoon, when everyday people like us are heading out to go yachting for the weekend.
Tokwiro Enterprises, the company that owns the scandal-ridden sites UltimateBet and Absolute Poker, released a statement on Friday saying they’ve concluded their feet-dragging investigation into the rampant online robbing of players by employees of UltimateBet. They are now turning the matter over to the Kahnawake Gaming Commission, which regulates all online gaming sites with servers operating out of the Mohawk Territory of Kahnawake.
Always worth pointing out, Joseph Tokwiro Norton, the guy who owns Tokwiro Enterprises, is the former Grand Chief of the Kahnawake.
In the press release, which was titled "TOKWIRO CONCLUDES ITS INVESTIGATION INTO UNFAIR PLAY ON ULTIMATEBET SITE" . . . Wait . . . unfair play? Are they fucking kidding us? Unfair play is how you describe two first graders not getting along on the playground, not a bunch of company insiders stealing from online players by being able to see their opponents hole cards. What these criminals were doing is no different than if they had gained access to players’ bank accounts and slowly drained money from their accounts. Same intent. Same effect. And in no way, just a matter of unfair play.
Moving beyond the ridiculousness of the headline, Tokwiro says in the statement that they have identified a total of 19 accounts and 88 associated usernames that were involved in the cheating.
Tokwiro, however, is still protecting the names of all the criminals involved in both the Absolute Poker and UltimateBet matters, as is the Kahnawake Gaming Commission, which means no one is gonna pay for any of this, and that sucks because after all this internal probing, the only thing that will make us happy is seeing the criminals behind this get probed themselves . . . in prison.
Read the full statement after the jump . . .
TOKWIRO CONCLUDES ITS INVESTIGATION INTO UNFAIR PLAY ON ULTIMATEBET SITE
Findings Turned Over to KGC
Refunds to Affected Players Continue
Company Will Pursue All Legal Remedies
MONTREAL, CANADA – (July 25, 2008) – Tokwiro Enterprises
ENRG ("Tokwiro"), proprietors of UltimateBet.com ("UB"), one of the ten
largest on-line poker cardrooms, today announced that it has concluded
the investigation into allegations of unfair play on UB’s web site.
Tokwiro has compiled complete forensic evidence including the IP
addresses, devices, transfer and withdrawal histories, and names
associated with the player accounts that benefited from illicitly
viewing hole card information. The results of Tokwiro’s internal
investigation have been turned over to the Kahnawake Gaming Commission
(KGC) and its auditors, as that regulatory body continues its
independent investigation. These results are in addition to the data
which Tokwiro has already shared with the KGC.
Tokwiro has identified a total of 19 accounts and 88 associated
usernames that were involved in the cheating, including the accounts
that were named in Tokwiro’s publicly posted investigation updates of
May 29, 2008 and July 8, 2008. The same perpetrators that were
previously identified controlled all of these usernames. There are no
new perpetrators involved, only new usernames. Usernames were changed
many times over the course of the cheating scam in an apparent scheme
to avoid detection. Our complete list of usernames involved in the
cheating scheme has now been turned over to the KGC, and the Company
does not expect to uncover any additional usernames.
Paul Leggett, Tokwiro’s Chief Operating Officer, said, "Make no
mistake: our management team is outraged that this cheating occurred on
our site through illicit software placed on the UB servers prior to our
purchasing UltimateBet. Tokwiro is aggressively pursuing legal avenues
of redress in order to protect and compensate our players and the
business. Rest assured that we will release more information to the
poker community and to the public at large as we enforce our and our
"With respect to refunds to the affected players, we are continuing
our analysis in order to determine the refund amounts. We will move
forward with another round of refunds in the weeks ahead. We thank the
poker community for its invaluable contributions to this investigation
and assure it that we remain committed to fully investigating any
claims of fraud on our site," Mr. Leggett said.
The investigation revealed that the perpetrators logged into the
client software, using an account that had the ability to view hole
cards. The ability of a specific account to view hole cards was enabled
by illicit software that was placed on the UltimateBet servers prior to
October 2006, which was before Tokwiro acquired the business.
The account that was used to view hole cards never actually played
in a game. Instead, the perpetrators used hole card information gained
from logging in with this account while playing on other accounts,
which thereby benefited from the cheating. The money won by the
accounts that received hole card information was then moved around and
off the site in a complex web of player-to-player transfers and
withdrawals. This contributed to the complexity of Tokwiro’s efforts to
uncover the truth.
Mr. Leggett concluded: "We cannot over-emphasize the fact that
Tokwiro and its entire management team had no knowledge of the illicit
software until it was revealed by our investigation; and no one
associated with Tokwiro was involved in the cheating scheme at any