Players React to Recorded UB Meeting Involving Russ Hamilton

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In the last day, a three-hour videopopped up online that allegedly features Russ Hamilton(pictured) and UB reps including former legal counsel Dan Friedberg discussing the ongoing security issues at Ultimate Bet. A 10-minute highlight reelwas subsequently posted on YouTube that featured Hamilton allegedly saying in part, “The tools were regularly set for a 15-minute delay… Annie Duke used it on a 15-minute delay quite a few times.” Players were cheated out of millions of dollars, and Hamilton was named the primary man responsible for the misgivings.

In terms of what to do about the money potentially owed to players, the video narrated, “First of all, have the company pay it right off the top… Norton’s business… The new enterprise… They’re not morally responsible. However, they did buy this business. They bought it; you always take a risk when you buy businesses. Plus, they made money on the combined business for a year. They can pay money right off the top.”

Hamilton explained during the course of the video, “I did take this money and I’m not trying to make it right … so let’s get that out of the way.” There are also plenty of references to Freddy Deeb, including staking money for Deeb furnished by Hamilton, who said in part, “Freddy Deeb got most of the money.”

The video is ripe with references to Duke(pictured), Phil Hellmuth, Jim KrazyKanuck Worth, and Deeb. When it came to spending money, Hamilton asserted, “I spent a lot of this money on things for people out there,” referring to UB’s marketing efforts. He added, “Jim Ryan knew it was there.” In terms of an overall strategy, a UB executive in the video argued, “Shift responsibility to Excapsa, which is my current thought; unfortunately, they’re the only people who have the money.”

In a discussion about hand histories, another voice in the recording tells Hamilton, “The only way to satisfy these geeks was to send them they’re entire hand histories… They have most of them already.” Hamilton countered, “You can’t do that. You cannot send hand histories… There’s not one hand that they have that show’s it’s bad. Not one… Like the AP thing, it was the most obvious thing in the world. They can go through every hand they have here… There’s not one hand.”

Twitter and Two Plus Two were ablaze with the news. Kevin kevmathMathers was among those Tweeting about it, writing that in a second recording from Hamilton, “Russ claims Mansour Matloubi was aware of the scandal. He threatened to go to DOJ and give info re: J. Ryan, G. Pearson (who played on site)… Russ takes a call from Blair Rodman around the 1:14 mark, Blair tells him to be careful. Russ says he has nothing to worry about.”

Haralabos Voulgaris was also Tweeting about the audio file, saying that Hamilton recorded it and then had it stolen. He added, “By the way, how dumb was this Russ Hamilton guy to make all the tape recordings where he outlines how he stole 20-30m from poker players?”

The tape left plenty of questions. One poster on Two Plus Two pointed out, “This tape is fascinating. Coldly admitting it and being unremorseful. Freddy Deeb being mentioned as ‘being on the list’ as being cheated out of $50k, but at the same time saying Russ dumped money to Freddy.” With regards to Duke, one poster questioned, “I guess this gave Annie access to all the opponents’ hole cards 15 minutes afterwards? Why wouldn’t she just use the normal god mode program? I guess even with this, you can basically suss out your opponent’s entire strategy.”

Players on Ultimate Bet and its sister site Absolute Poker have not yet been paid back following Black Friday, and the rooms’ parent company is reportedly in liquidation. Former COO Paul Leggett is now with Amaya, which owns and operates the Ongame Network. Leggett is pictured.

The video also makes reference to a company called Iovation, which is currently providing verification services for the legal Nevada online poker site Ultimate Poker. About 20 minutes into the alleged meeting, the following is said: “It’s not taking the ultra high road. It’s not saying we’re not going to do anything. It’s something in between, but the point is they’re interested in coming up with reasonable arguments to minimize it. That’s a big part of what Iovation is doing right now.”

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13 COMMENTS

  1. I thought vegas was built by the Mafia. Seriously when did it get so soft? if you stole 100 bucks from casinos back then they would fucking kneecap you if not kill you. This fucking monkey steals 20-30 million and says he has nothing to worry about? Fuck this is unreal

          • Hope Russ shows up at WSOP this year…

            I’m pretty sure he’s been around, but realizes 99.9999999999999% of people who talk tough won’t back it up.

          • Please tell me this POS doesn’t actually show his face at large poker events like the WSOP?

          • “It’s not taking the ultra high road. It’s not saying we’re not going to do anything. It’s something in between, but the point is they’re interested in coming up with reasonable arguments to minimize it. That’s a big part of what Iovation is doing right now.”

            God I hope Iovation pays for this in the biggest possible way. They have become a massive company since then.

          • Any chance Hamilton had this tape released??? Seems weird he would let this tape get stolen from him….. Maybe he knows he can’t be charged with anything and he wants to expose everyone else that was involved…

          • Any chance Hamilton had this tape released??? Seems weird he would let this tape get stolen from him….. Maybe he knows he can’t be charged with anything and he wants to expose everyone else that was involved…

            if it is him, he probably didn’t know it was being recorded is my guess.

          • Please tell me this POS doesn’t actually show his face at large poker events like the WSOP?

            Of course he will!!
            He’ll be yucking it up at a table with ledederer and ferguson like nothing ever happened!!!,

            (Eventually,this conversation will eventually take place….)

            -RHamilton…”Hey what are you guys doin as far as bathroom goes”

            -CFerguson …”Ha, Im not!!….I’ll just hang on to it’ till I get home thank you very much!!”

            – HLederer…”What? They don’t have anything to be mad about!! They’re gettin their money back, after many hours of MY hard work I might add..I spent hours in front of a camera, explaning in great detail which one of the wheels “lost the grease”. so to speak..You shouldn’t have any problem in the bathroom!!”

            -HLederer…”Especially you russ, you did your time…you paid back $22,100,000 dollars…you’ve made amends with everyone as best you saw fit, you shouldn’t need a escort for bathroom either!!” “Are you seriously tellin me all those guys out there are angels?, People make mistakes sometimes, and they move past those mistake, as should everyone else..”
            “I mean, I don’t recommend #2zees”…That may be a bit too vulnerable..Id stick with #1zees though”

            -Rhamilton…”Well, I do wear a diaper now!! Lol!!….Im just a tad concerned because of all the letters I get…I have a few guys that say their gonna get me in a casino bathroom!!! Lol!!! Fuckin pussy whiners…”

            -HLederer…”oh, Im sorry to hear that russ!!, Is it your prostate?”

            -Rhamilton…”no, I just wore that area out!! Lol!!, my wife had a thing for putting large dark colored rubber dildo’s in me…and over the decades, I kinda got into it a bit, to where Id often go about my day with a large black simulated dick in my ass all day long!!! Lol!!…ya, like at least a 12 incher!! Ha Ha !!!..I didn’t fuck around howard..I really taxed my backside, you might say..so the diaper, more or less, serves as a catchpan..Im lookin into anal reconstruction, but they want 70k for a total resleeve,(which from what I understand is basically like shoving a 4 pound ham up your ass then pulling the bone out. I just cant appear in public with that kind of money…too many questions would be asked, they think they got it all!! Lol!!!..”
            I’ll ask the floorman to arrange me an escort…I’ll need one every 40 minutes!!! Lol!!

            -HLederer..”Interesting sexual deviancy there russ!!, Id actually like to try that!! Maybe sometime I’ll fire up the Masseratti they didn’t know about and come visit you and you can teach me how a pro does it?…
            “Ive actually been quite active with, well, sheep, lately myself…You might wanna give it a try!!…Quite the time we have!!!..If your ever interested!!!”
            “Today in fact I learned that If I fuckem with my bigboy cowboy boots on, ( that my sister got for me at kowgirl-kuntfest 93), I can put the sheeps back legs in my boots!!…”
            “from there all you gotta do is walk him towards the pool!!…be the best fck you ever had russel!!!.”

            -Cferguson..”The great part is, as they all sit out there and stare at us attempting to scare us into not coming to play or something, we just played 2 hours worth of hands, and, well, I don’t know about you guys, but I have an erection!!! Very interesting conversation, as always!!!Think I might have to buck-a-load into my hat real quick!!…If you guys don’t mind?…I don’t like having my girls do it, they inevitably want me to touch their verginas, and, I don’t know, those things ARE pretty weird looking!! I think if we all moved into the same house, between us, the sheep, and the black veiny dildos, everyone might be quite happy!!!

            -HLederer..”Ya me and chris can never sell our current homes..our entire foundations are 5000 square foot vaults..I have 6 under my house, and chris has 17…All stacked full of cash and gold…Ya they never came close to getting my all my stuff either, I think I ended up giving them a check for 11 mil and they called it a done deal!!….Idiots were SO FAR off it was ridiculous!!…Its no wonder why the countries finances are a in a tangent right now…The DOJ cops were very straight forward with me..They told me they needed to peel about 40 mil from me, in spirit….Reality’s bill will be much cheaper, (78%!!)….what a deal…They always paid for the lunches, I couldn’t have asked for a more pleasant experience dealing with authorities!!….

            -JSebok…”K guys, Doyles comin back, better change the subject..ra’member he warned us!!! no more queer talkin’ unless you wanna face his smith and Wesson 38 !!”…

            JJuanda…”Ima toe-tarry sure, dat, no one did any’ting wong!!!”…….Pee-poe’s always say I stare into space all da time and don’t see any’ting…But dey wrong!!! DEy don’t know…Only I know!!!!

            DBrunson…’Y’all ready to play? Or we gonna jaw jack all day talking about sports!!!”

          • It’s wild how cold and unremorseful Russ is! He doesn’t care at all about anyone who lost their money. hahahaha! He pretty much is happy with who he is and what he has done.I find that pretty disturbing. As far as Russ walking around the casinos…. what nerdy pastey keyboard jockey is going to do anything about it? huh? lol I laugh at all the tuff talk on the interwebz. you all better come to terms with the fact that Russ got away with this scott free and even with all the evidence in the world against him he will still walk free.