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In little less than a week the Absolute Poker scandal story has taken the poker world by storm. Each day it seems there is another addition to the already convoluted story. Major media outlets have picked the story up and it appears AP is backing down from its original stance on the issue.
Those that have been following the story know that Potripper, who some allege is actually former AP director of operations AJ Green, was accused of cheating in a tournament where he showed flawless river play.
The most recent development is that Peter Norton, a former Grand Chief of the Mohawk Territory of Kahnawake and the owner of Tokwiro Enterprises ENRG, which has 100% interest in AP, has provided a statement regarding the cheating scandal.
The first paragraph of the statement is as follows:
As many of our players are aware, there has been a security breach in our system that allowed unlawful access to player information that resulted in unfair play. I am writing to you today to let you know what we know so far in order to set the record straight, and to assure you of AP's commitment to player security. I am sure that this letter will not address all of the questions and concerns you may have, nor will it extinguish the heated discussion surrounding this issue. At this point, our intention is to let you know all we can disclose and to assure you of our continued efforts to keep you informed as best we can as the investigations continue.
Norton goes on to say that although they can't release details based on the preliminary findings something does, indeed, seem to be amiss. He says it looks like a high-ranking trusted consultant for AP was indeed using a method that allowed them to see other players' hole cards.
"We consider this security breach to be a horrendous and inexcusable offense," Norton said.
Norton also admitted the situation was not handled in an effective manner by AP and there will be changes within the company.
First and foremost players involved in the actual tournament where Potripper played will be receiving a refund of their buy-in ($1,000+$50 plus 10% interest) while everybody who made the money will be jumping up one spot. There will likely be even more restitution although Norton said he couldn't go into specifics.
According to Norton the issue is still being investigated by both AP and the Khahnawake Gaming Commission. One of the primary goals of the investigation is to find out whether the accused consultant, who Norton said had subsequently been terminated, was working alone or in concert with others.
We'll have to wait and see what develops but many poker pundits are listing this as one more reason the U.S. government needs to step in and regulate online poker instead of attempting to ban it altogether.
Keep checking PokerListings.com to see what happens next in what some are calling "Holecardgate."