By Emily D. Swoboda
September 29, 2008
The Kahnawake Gaming Commission today reported the initial findings of
an audit being conducted on its licensee, Ultimate Bet, following a
cheating scandal which spanned three-and-a-half years.
The audit, which has been underway since August under the direction of
Frank Catania Sr., president of Catania Gaming Consultants and former
director of the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement, has turned up
the name of the main individual responsible for the scheme that siphoned
more than $6.1 million from player accounts.
The cheating, which was first discovered by members of a popular online
poker community, has been found to have been perpetrated mainly by Russ
Hamilton, the World Series of Poker winner who was formerly associated
with Ultimate Bet's affiliate program, according to the commission.
It is understood that Mr. Hamilton is not the only individual involved,
and other names are likely to come out in the final report.
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