March 27, 2012
The US Government: OUT
Nobody came out of Black Friday smelling like roses, especially the US government.
They sent a clear message in 2006 with the introduction of the UIGEA. Some online poker rooms heeded that message, packed up shop and restricted their online customer base to non-US countries. Some rooms did not.
As it turns out the Department of Justice and the FBI took notice of companies like PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker and AP/UB and began building criminal and civil cases against them. In the course of those investigations they allowed US citizens to continue putting their money at risk and, when it came time to drop the hammer, more or less hung those Americans out to dry.
There was no warning and there was no short-term plan to help US players recoup the money they had online. There was also no provisions made for Americans who relied on Internet poker to make a living.
It’s important to note that at no time did the DOJ attempt to dissuade Americans from playing at the rooms they were busy investigating for fraud.
For using as bait those people they’re supposed to be protecting the US Government is Out.
Full Tilt Poker: Out
Perhaps the most captivating facet of the entire Black Friday debacle was the gross mismanagement of Full Tilt Poker by people like Ray Bitar, Howard Lederer and Chris Ferguson.
While these are still allegations at this point it’s hard to argue with the figures that the Department of Justice has released.
It all boiled down to the fact that while Full Tilt owed its customers roughly $390 million, they only had about $60 million in assets. And at the same time they had pulled $443 million out of the company in dividends distributed to owners in the four years leading up to Black Friday.
For example, Howard Lederer is alleged to have received $41.8 million between April of 2007 and April of 2011.
For putting online poker’s reputation in jeopardy and failing to make good on their responsibility to look after our money, Full Tilt Poker is now and forever Out.
Jose “Girah” Macedo, Haseeb “DOGISHEAD” Qureshi and to a lesser extent Dan “Jungleman12” Cates: OUT
The entire Girah scandal had us fascinated and we don’t believe for a second that all the facts were even revealed.
On its surface the scandal revolved around Jose Macedo, the so-called Portuguese Poker Prodigy, a young player who misrepresented himself and used gained trust to scam high-stakes players for tens of thousands of dollars.
As the story began unraveling, however, it became clear there were other players involved.
Haseeb “DOGISHEAD” Qureshi was a high-stakes player whose relationship with Macedo was far more involved than he ever let on.
Lance Bradley at Bluff Magazine conducted an amazing interview with Qureshi and managed to get much of the story out. Bradley explicitly states what most suspected, that Qureshi was basically responsible for fabricating Macedo’s image as the next great player, including writing his forum posts and willfully chip-dumping $100,000 to Macedo on Lock Poker to help him win the Bluff Poker Challenge.
Dan Cates later confessed to being involved but everything about the story seems to point to Qureshi and Macedo as the principal players.
Qureshi quit poker, was dropped as an instructor with Cardrunners and is now traveling the world and writing.
Article Source: Pokerlistings.com