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Saturday, November 10th, 2007

Scam Room Continues Damage Control

BY TOM SOMACH

Scandal-plagued Internet poker room Absolute Poker (www.absolutepoker.com) has issued another statement updating gamblers about the status of the investigation into cheating at the room.

Earlier this year it was revealed that one or more people playing online poker at Absolute Poker were able to see opponents’ cards, and were thus able to cheat and win thousands of dollars.

According to the room’s latest statement: “…All players known to have been adversely impacted by the security breach have been fully reimbursed with interest. The amount reimbursed to players by Absolute Poker as a result of the security breach was approximately U.S. $1,600,00. Thus far, our internal audit has uncovered the following additional information:

“The known period of unfair playing was approximately 40 days in length, beginning on August 14,=A0 2007. A known perpetrator was immediately terminated upon discovery of the scheme and no longer has access to Absolute Poker. Absolute Poker’s internal investigation continues.

“The system breach was the result of a recent internal software release impacting internal reporting. The breach was the result of a recent exploitable only by an authorized Absolute Poker person that manipulated the internal reporting software, together with the Absolute Poker gaming software. The security breach was not, therefore, the result of an external action, and no individual outside Absolute Poker could exploit the breach.

“There is no evidence of the current or past existence of a ’super-user’ account. There is no player account in the Absolute Poker system with the ability to see other players’ hole cards. The names of the accounts known to have cheated are: potripper, graycat, steamroller, doubledrag, payup, supercard55 and romnaldo. These accounts have been closed. All players that played hands and lost funds during the period in question, against these accounts, have received refunds, plus interest, for the amounts lost.

“All accounts associated with the perpetrating accounts are under investigation. If any other accounts are deemed to have engaged in illicit activities, Absolute Poker will refund all affected players in the same manner. Absolute Poker can confirm that not every hand played by the perpetrating accounts during the said period was comprimised by the tool enabling the unfair advantage. Nonetheless, Absolute Poker has refunded players for the net loss resulting from every hand played against the perpetrating accounts during the affected period.

“All hand histories with respect to the affected period were retained by Absolute Poker and were made available to both the Kahnawake Gaming Commission and the internal auditor for detailed review. All registered accounts in the Absolute Poker database are under investigation to ensure that there are no other comprimised accounts with links or associations to the closed accounts. If the ongoing investigation determines that there are any further accounts that were used in connection with the unfair play, all affected players will be reimbursed in full, with interest.

“Absolute Poker regrets the damage that has been done to its players and to its own reputation by this incident. We are absolutely focused on doing the right thing for our loyal customers, employees, consultants and business partners, and we will continue to work with (investigators) to bring this incident into the full light of day and to right any wrongs done to innocent victims of this unfair play.”

(E-mail Tom Somach at [email protected])

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