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Today I wanted to comment on the recent interview with Travis Makar and subsequent discussions.

Firstly, I want to make sure everyone knows that I never made an offer to pay-off Brainwashdodo and I never did pay or instruct any payment to be made to Brainwashdodo. It is true that he tried to blackmail our company by threatening to release a bunch of confidential company information including financial records and player data. However, after unsuccessfully trying to pursue him with the help of local law enforcement, I simply told him that I was unwilling to pay anything to him.

There is no doubt that Brainwashdodo did try to extort me. I did arrange to meet him because I did not want him to post our company’s data and I wanted him arrested for trying to blackmail the company. I do remember considering paying him to not release a bunch of information but after a great deal of thought, I decided it was best not to take part in the extortion and we never paid him a dime.

I saw the email copy posted online, and while I obviously do not remember every email I’ve sent over the past three years, I can believe that it was written by me. Another blogger has already posted that they have evidence stating that I turned down Dodo and that he got money from somewhere else: http://haleyspokerblog.blogspot.com/2011/02/just-conjecturin-volume-27-uncovering.html

After I turned Dodo down, I believe he then finally realized that I didn’t have any connection to the people he was really trying to extort and I never heard from him again.

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I would like to make it clear that our company is truly different from Excapsa and the other companies involved in the operating of UltimateBet before 2007. I have never met or spoken with Russ Hamilton or Travis Makar or any of these people. We also worked tirelessly to get the money together (including $15 million from a settlement with Excapsa) to refund players and we have worked hard to financially punish those who we felt were responsible in anyway for players being cheated.

Russ Hamilton

I also want to make it clear that we have always hoped that someone like Travis Makar would come forward one day and release information regarding whom else, in addition to Russ, was involved in the cheating. We very much want this to happen.

Regarding the claim that HH’s were tampered with, we have no evidence that points to this. All of the HH’s we were able to obtain in the public domain always matched the UltimateBet database exactly. However, we do believe that prior to us taking over UltimateBet that software source code records were deleted as well as other evidence.

We encourage Travis or anyone to make any data they have or opinions public. Up until this point, we’ve had to rely almost completely on data and we strongly encourage anyone who has any information about HH’s, guilty parties in the UltimateBet scandal, or anything related, to please post all of your information for the masses to read.

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For the first time, one of the major players in the Ultimate Bet Superuser Scandal has spoken out about the case on a poker radio broadcast.

On Wednesday night, “The Cold Call Show” hosted by World Series of Poker bracelet winner Todd “DanDruff” Witteles and Bryan “The Icon” Micon on DonkDown Radio, DonkDown Radio Link here
featured an interview with a person who identified himself as Travis Makar. Makar was identified by the Kahnawake Gaming Commission (KGC) investigation into the Ultimate Bet scandal as one of its conspirators. Although Witteles and Micon went to great lengths to confirm that the person they were speaking to was Makar, there is no confirmation that it was him.

During the course of the one-hour discussion, Makar repudiated many of the accusations that have been lodged against himself and his family. In detailing how he became friends with former WSOP Main Event winner Russ Hamilton, who is the mastermind behind the Ultimate Bet scandal according to the KGC, Makar said, “I owned a computer servicing store for several years and I serviced the computers of several top players.” In mentioning this, he simply used the first names of players such as “Phil,” “Annie,” and “Scotty” and mentioned Freddy Deeb’s full name.

Makar stated that he never worked for Ultimate Bet: “[I] never earned a penny from them, never worked for them.” When it comes to his participation in Ultimate Bet’s operation, Makar said he “100%, never used the (superuser) program once” and never took part in any of the cheating or money laundering involved in the scam. Makar said in the DonkDown Radio interview that he has physical information in the form of documents, e-mails, computer records, and the actual computer program that was employed by “superusers.” Makar asserted that this information is currently under review to see if any charges in state or Federal court can be filed. He went on to allege that Hamilton’s scandal was perhaps just the tip of the iceberg.

Russ Hamilton

“They released [the information] that they wanted to release,” Makar said in the wide-ranging interview. “There were other scandals going on that [Ultimate Bet] wanted to cover up. There was so much other cheating going on that they didn’t want out there.” He also alleged that there were people involved in the conspiracy who have walked away cleanly and that the “new ownership” status of the company isn’t true.

“There are people that mostly did the scam that walked away clean from this. Their names were never mentioned and they never faced any charges,” Makar alleged. He believed that the names released in the KGC investigation were “just a fraction” of those involved in the case. He also stated that he “knows where” the “missing” hand histories critical to proving the case fully are located.

As to where the nearly $20 million that was taken in the Ultimate Bet scandal went, Makar alleged that several other entities in the online poker world were involved. “Ultimate Bet money was traded for other companies’ money all the time,” Makar claimed. Pushed for further information by Witteles and Micon, Makar wouldn’t name any of the other companies involved. He stated, however, that the program used by those cheaters at Ultimate Bet was used in a similar superuser scandal at Absolute Poker. The aftermath of the DonkDown Radio interview has electrified the poker forums. A large thread has developed at TwoPlusTwo, with many posters stunned by the new information. Poster “R*R” wrote, “You seriously have to listen to this thing,” while poster “baphomet” pondered, “I wonder if anything will come of this.”

An anonymous poster on a story on Poker News Daily about Hamilton commented, “Maybe Hamilton is right, we don’t know s**t about what went on. He could have very well been the scapegoat in all this.” Makar believed this is the case, as when asked by Witteles if Hamilton is “fully guilty, not guilty, or not as bad as portrayed,” Makar picked the latter. “Hamilton’s covering for people and I don’t know why,” Makar said in the DonkDown Radio interview. “I can’t tell you why he won’t come forward [and speak out]. Maybe he feels some kind of loyalty. I know those that walked away with the bulk of the money [from the scandal] are still out there.”

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According to a Financial Times article, a Manhattan federal grand jury is probing Full Tilt Poker to determine whether the world’s second largest online poker site violated money-laundering laws in the United States and whether to hand out indictments to several high profile poker players, including Chris Ferguson and Howard Lederer.

The inquiry focuses partly on civil suits that were brought against Full Tilt but it is unclear which suits exactly the FBI is looking into. If indictments are made they would mark the most significant assault by the federal government on online poker to date and the first public strike against high-profile poker celebrities.

The details of the inquiry are still unknown as neither the Manhattan attorney nor the Justice Department have commented thus far.

As of the printing of the article, neither Ferguson nor Lederer were aware of the grand jury proceedings.

Due to the vague nature of UIGEA, it has long been expected that the ultimate test of the legality of online poker would be formal charges being filed against players leading to a series of appeals which would ultimately result in a Supreme Court ruling on whether or not internet poker is a violation of the Wire Act. While actual indictments would be troubling for the immediate poker landscape, it could stand to be the case that could end the years of speculation and determine once and for all the fate of online poker in the United States.

The immediate reaction has been mixed thus far, with some calling the proceedings nothing but smoke and mirrors and others calling it a bigger deal than it is being made out to be.

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