UB’s Paul Leggett Resurfaces at Amaya as Head of Online Gaming

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According to eGaming Review, Paul Leggett (pictured), formerly the COO of Tokwiro Enterprises, which owned and operated the now defunct Absolute Poker and UB, has resurfaced at Amaya Gaming as the company’s Head of Online. Read the article (paywall).

Leggett was embattled during his time as COO of Tokwiro and is now affiliated with Amaya, which oversees the Ongame Network. A source close to PocketFives said that Leggett, who is originally from Canada and lived in Costa Rica when he worked with Tokwiro, now resides in Malta.

According to eGaming Review, “[Leggett]takes over the responsibilities of Peter Bertilsson, former Managing Director of Ongame Services, who remains within the Amaya group in a consultancy role… Leggett is now in charge of the online division and ‘responsible for all of Amaya’s online activities.'”

Leggett was COO of Tokwiro during the investigation into the cheating scandals that engulfed Absolute Poker and UB and told PocketFives in an exclusive interview in 2008, “We just inherited this problem and we’re doing everything we can to fix it and satisfy the public. We’re trying to rebuild the brand, rebuild trust, and show that we’re secure. The business has never benefited from any one of these instances of cheating. It’s only suffered.”

Both Absolute Poker and UB are headed for liquidation, and whether players will be reunited with all or a portion of their funds remains to be seen. There has been no update about the liquidation in several months.

To that end, last August, the Kahnawake Gaming Commission, which licensed both Tokwiro/Blanca sites, released a statement that read in part, “The proposed settlement requires all of Blanca’s assets to be forfeited to the United States. The U.S. Marshals office will be mandated to liquidate Blanca’s assets. However, there will be no distribution of the net proceeds from the liquidation pending the resolution of claims filed by other parties who have asserted an ownership interest in Blanca’s assets.”

Amaya purchased the Ongame Network from bwin.party last Octoberin a deal worth up to €25 million. Previously, Las Vegas-based Shuffle Master had agreed to purchase Ongame, but backed out in June 2012, citing market conditions in Europe.

At the time of the sale, the Ongame Network was the fifth busiest network worldwide in terms of real money ring game traffic according to PokerScout, but has since slid to #16. The drop in part was due to the loss of bwin, which migrated to PartyPoker‘s network, and the departure of Betfair, which moved to the iPoker Network.

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