August 12th – Daily Deal
On today’s edition of the Daily Deal, the COO of UB.com answers some lingering questions about the two thousand and eight cheating scandal, the World Series of Poker Main Event begins airing on ESPN, and Doyle Brunson decided that on his birthday he prefers to give rather than receive.
Hello, I’m Sean Gibson and welcome to the Daily Deal by Poker News Daily.
Paul Leggett, the Chief Operating Officer of UB.com’s parent company Tokwiro Enterprises, posted a blog on Monday responding to questions regarding the cheating scandal that occurred on what was known as Ultimate Bet between two thousand and four and two thousand and eight. Leggett opened his blog by clearing the names of anyone associated the current owners of UB.com.
“I wanted to start off by confirming that no individual who has been linked to any cheating works for Tokwiro or any of its subsidiaries,” stated Leggett. “When I took the COO position with Tokwiro… the result of the AbsolutePoker investigation required Tokwiro to demonstrate to the Gaming Commission, and their auditors, that a list of certain individuals were no longer working for the business and that they had no ownership of any kind”
In two thousand and nine, The Kahnawake Gaming Commission stated that it had found convincing evidence that former World Series of Poker Main Event champion Russ Hamilton was the main person responsible for multiple cheating incidents at Ultimate Bet. Leggett supported this accusation:“Some people have a hard time believing that Russ was the only person involved in the cheating. The truth is that all of the data facts pointed to him. The cheating was occurring from places where Russ lived and worked, the money was being moved through accounts he controlled himself or through people who reported directly to him or his close friends”
On Tuesday night, the two thousand and ten World Series of Poker Main Event began airing on ESPN with a pair of one-hour episodes. The first one-hour episode covered Day 1A and had a feature table that included Full Tilt Poker pro Mike Matusow and bracelet winner Jason Lester. The second episode featured the exits of pros Bertrand “Elky” Grospellier, Joe Sebok, Jennifer Tilly, and Liv Boeree on Day 1B. Also featured on Day 1B was Norwegian prodigy Annette Obrestad and her much-publicized Las Vegas WSOP debut. However, she ultimately busted from the Main Event after running ace-jack into pocket queens The internet whiz finished with four cashes and no final tables at the two thousand and ten WSOP.
Ten-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner, back-to-back WSOP Main Event champ, and “The Godfather of Poker,” Doyle Brunson, celebrated his seventy-seventh birthday on Tuesday, and he is the one who will be handing out presents. Texas Dolly’s online poker room, Doyle’s Room, held a special $50,000 Birthday Bounty tournament on Wednesday night.
In the weekly Doyle’s Room Bounty tournament, any player who knocks out a marked site pro takes home a one thousand dollar cash prize. If anyone eliminates two of the three pros, they’ll win ten thousand dollars. And if someone is fortunate and skilled enough to send all three bounties to the rails, that player will bank a massive fifty thousand dollar prize. The winner of the entire tournament receives five hundred dollars in casino chips to use at Doyle’s Casino in addition their first prize money.
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