November 09, 2007

Absolute Poker admits 40 days of ‘unfair playing’, pays back US$1.6m

Absolute Poker has admitted that the perpetrator of the so-called ‘pot-ripper’ scandal won US$800,000 during a “known period of unfair playing” amounting to 40 days. According to an interim statement released while the Kahnawake Gaming Commission is still completing its enquiry into the ‘pot-ripper’ scandal, the company said it has paid back players known to have been adversely affected by what it calls the “security breach” to the tune of US$1.6m.

In the statement, Absolute adds that it is cooperating fully with the KGC in its enquiry. It adds: “We would like to assure our players, once again, that the security breach, which resulted in unfair play, was resolved immediately after it was discovered and confirmed, and Absolute’s sites are absolutely secure.” (sic)

It said the “known perpetrator... no longer has access to Absolute”. “The system breach was the result of a recent internal software release impacting internal reporting. The breach was exploitable only by an authorised AP person that manipulated the internal reporting software, together with the AP gaming software. The security breach was not, therefore, the result of an external action, and no individual outside AP could exploit the breach.”

The statement added that there is no evidence of the past or current existence of a “super-user” account with the ability to see other players’ hole cards.

The statement concludes: “AP regrets the damage that has been done to its players and to its own reputation by this incident. We are absolutely focused on doing the right thing for our loyal customers, employees, consultants and business partners and we will continue to work with the KGC and Gaming Associates to bring this incident into the full light of day and to right any wrongs done to innocent victims of this unfair play.”