Gaming Commission comes down hard on UltimateBet


The Kahnawake Gaming Commission announced the initial findings of its audit of licensee UltimateBet yesterday, and it appears there was cheating on the site between May 2004 and January 2008.

The KGC has concluded that former WSOP Main Event winner Russell Hamilton, who was associated with UltimateBet's affiliate program, was the main person responsible for multiple cheating incidents.

The investigation started earlier this year after numerous poker players, especially those belonging to online communities like, noticed strange play on the site and started to keep track of the suspicious players.

Sister site Absolute Poker was also involved in a very public scandal where the online player known as POTRIPPER was identified as a player with a super-user account.

After a number of complaints from the players the KGC decided to start a formal investigation into UltimateBet.

"The Commissioners have made several findings of fact with regard to the cheating that occurred on the Ultimate Bet web site that included the identification of some of the individuals responsible for those incidents as well as other significant violations of the Kahnawake Interactive Gaming Regulations," said KGC Chairman Dean Montour in a press release.

Montour went on to say that the KGC is currently in contact with law enforcement agencies and intends to fully cooperate in the prosecution.

It is estimated that players were cheated out of a total of $6.1 million, and UltimateBet has been directed to reimburse the players for the entire sum. UltimateBet will also have to pay KGC a fine of $1.5 million for its failure to implement and enforce measures to prohibit and detect fraudulent activities.

In the future UltimateBet will not be allowed to delete or modify any logs, including but not limited to Web logs and game logs as required by Kahnawake Interactive Gaming Regulations. The site will continue to be required to have those logs available for inspection by the KGC.

Furthermore, UltimateBet has been instructed to remove any and all of the persons deemed as "unsuitable" by the KGC from all involvement with the company, which includes all levels of ownership, management and operation.

According to the press release, if UltimateBet fails to comply with any of those measures, its KGC gaming permit will immediately be revoked.

To read the press release in its entirety click here.

UltimateBet is one of the most well-known online poker rooms in the world and is home to poker pros Annie Duke and Phil Hellmuth. The site has recently announced its intention to merge with sister site Absolute Poker on the Cereus poker platform.

Best Poker Sites - Editor`s Pick

Latest Blogs »