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Tuesday, January 15th, 2008

Tainted Poker Site Responds

Written by Tom Somach in Poker News

In response to the announcement that the Kahnawake Gaming Commission (KGC) has fined online poker room Absolute Poker $500,000 for its role in an online cheating scandal, Absolute Poker released the following statement:

“When Absolute Poker notified the KGC of the security breach in our system, we had every expectation that the commission would undertake a comprehensive and fair investigation. After reviewing the published report, we recognize the completeness and accuracy of the KGC conclusions, and we accept without reservation the KGC’s findings and sanctions. Most importantly, we are pleased, after these many months, that Absolute Poker can finally put behind it a most distressing and regrettable experience for the company, its employees, and its customers.

“The KGC points out that Absolute Poker has taken the appropriate actions to address the vulnerability in its systems and to prevent its systems from being compromised again. Absolute Poker has appointed a team of both internal and external members to improve controls and install safeguards, and accepts the audit findings as an opportunity to improve our internal practices and guarantee the safest playing environment in the industry. “We are pleased that the KGC’s findings of fact point out that ‘there is no evidence to indicate that the impugned activities were initiated or sanctioned by Absolute Poker’…The company also regrets the inadvertent deletion of certain gaming logs and records during the course of the investigation, although Absolute Poker is relieved that these deletions did not, according to the KGC, ‘prevent the commission from obtaining sufficient information’…

“Having experienced first-hand the devastating impact of a security breach, we fully appreciate the importance of trust and security for Absolute Poker itself and the broader industry. A secure site goes to the heart of player confidence, and we are more committed than ever to ensuring that confidence…As Absolute Poker has repeatedly stated in the past, we regret the damage done to our players and to our own reputation by this incident.

“We acknowledge that the company did not act with sufficient speed to uncover the fraud. However, once we were convinced of the veracity of the allegations, we moved quickly to inform the KGC and to reimburse affected players. While Absolute Poker is paying a severe penalty for the fraud perpetrated upon the company and its customers, we are gratified that we can now close the book on this sordid affair and return our full focus to providing the safest, most secure, and most enjoyable poker playing experience in the industry.” =9D (E-mail Tom Somach at [email protected])

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