Wednesday, April 28, 2010

More investigatin'

I've said it before, and I'll say it again: If you haven't been following Haley's gradual expose of hitherto unknown facts about the UltimateBlecch and Absolute Puker cheating scandals, you should be, if you care about the long-term fate of online poker. See the most recent bombshells here.

While I'm on the subject of investigation of online poker scandals, there's another fairly recent one that deserves more love, involving the founder of the StoxPoker training site, Nick Grudzien. Steven Ruddock does a nice job of summarizing the situation and drawing the appropriate conclusions here, so I won't bother repeating what he has said. You can read the report of the investigation here. It took me about an hour. I started it thinking I would just skim over it, but I became completely fascinated by the investigative methods, and ended up reading every word. It is one hell of an impressive piece of work, headed by Noah Stephens-Davidowitz. It required statistical sophistication, deep poker understanding, and a huge database of hand histories to crack what was going on, but the results are unmistakable and as damning as can be.

Be careful out there, folks. There are evil, scummy, cheating people in the world, and some of them not only inhabit the world of online poker, but are very good at exploiting it.


astrobel said...

Thanks for the link Rakewell, I enjoyed myself reading through that 2+2 thread.
When you collect that sort of data it's absolutely amazing how soft playing and collusion can be traced after careful analysis.

Haley said...

Thanks for the kind words, Grumpy!