Ultimate Poker Severs Ties with Iovation

Published on May 12th, 2013

There has been plenty of news brewing over the weekend regarding the former owners and decision-makers of Ultimate Bet allegedly conspiring to cover up the cheating at the now defunct online poker room. Consequently, Ultimate Poker, the first regulated real money online poker site in the U.S., and which had ties to a verification service that was linked to Ultimate Bet called Iovation, has taken action of its own.

Over the weekend, an Ultimate Poker representative posted on Two Plus Two that the relationship between Ultimate Poker and Iovation had gone the way of the dodo: "As of late Thursday night, May 9th, Ultimate Poker discontinued the use of all services from Iovation. We understand that there were concerns among some of our customers; we hope this makes our players feel more comfortable."

Leading up to the announcement, many poker players had listened to the recordings allegedly made by Russ Hamilton regarding a cover-up at Ultimate Bet. The tapes, which you can find links to in this article, included the following about Iovation: "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."

Iovation's brain trust included the likes of Ultimate Bet's Greg Pierson. It created Ultimate Bet's software that included the ability for hole cards to be seen and players to be cheated out of millions of dollars.

Prior to Ultimate Poker severing ties with Iovation, a witch-hunt of sorts was brewing. One poster on Two Plus Two claimed that he had reached out to several major media outlets to alert them about the link between Iovation and Ultimate Poker: "E-mailed John L. Smith Review Journal. Reno Gazette and LV Sun other medias to contact."

Others alerted the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York, and another poster remarked, "I published an article about this on a site carried by Google News. Hopefully, this will get the ball rolling on getting this info out into the mainstream."

Pierson is still listed as an Iovation Board member and is the company's CEO and Co-Founder; he also founded Ultimate Bet in 2000. As such, many posters were irate that Iovation had been permitted to do business in Nevada in the first place, with one poster on Two Plus Two saying, "Very cool that Ultimate Poker acted so quickly. I hope NGC or somebody still gives this a look. It's so infuriating that no authority has ever bothered with this."

What verification company Ultimate Poker is using now that Iovation is out of the picture is not clear.

Still in the mix in the United States is former Ultimate Bet and Absolute Poker COO Paul Leggett, who is now the Head of Online at Amaya Gaming, which owns the Ongame Network. Amaya has ties in Nevada to Bally Technologies and signed an online poker operating agreement with Connecticut-based Mohegan Sun.

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Comments

  1. They dropped Iovation on 5/9/13 but they waited til 5/11/13 to inform the players on the forums. I wonder why the delay.

  2. they didn't need leaked tapes to know Iovation's founder also founded UB... i just think it' funny how it goes...

  3. Bc they are a bunch of morons. I mean, they actually bothered to do business with a company that was once had ties with UB. O yeah, and while Ultimate Poker is only available to residents, or, I suppose to people on vacation in Las Vegas. U.S. players are still playing on many other networks/skins. If you ever do get to play poker in the U.S. (legally) from where ever you are, they will tax the bejeezus out of you. So that government officials can continue having unprecedented benefits, pensions, and I think what has to be my favorite of all time, serving one term and getting your salary for life. LOVE IT. The only reason U.S. players aren't allowed to play there is bc they haven't come up with a tax plan yet. The U.S. government has a long history of taking something good, and ruining it (medicaid, medicaire, social security, democracy, freedom of _______). You could fill that blank with just about anything. They ruined online poker already, and this success or whatever is likely going to be short-lived. I predict online gaming in the US will be the next "big tobacco". As the fiscal year spending continues to rise, as well as government salaries, they will be looking to fund the new agenda by raising the taxes on something. MAYBE I'M TOTALLY WRONG THOUGH. We shall see.

 
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