In a statement issued last night by AP in response to allegations that have been flying left and right over the last few days, Absolute Poker says they will open up to a third party investigation. The independent investigation will be conducted by Gaming Associates.
Representatives from Absolute stated that a ‘thorough investigation’ will be conducted. The purpose of the investigation is to either prove, or disprove the allegations that hole cards of opponents can be seen by some absolute players and or employees during internet poker games, there are also allegations that an AP staff member fed tournament players their opponents hole cards.
The investigation will also include how the information, opponents hole cards, may or may not have been exploited.
4flush.com has contacted Absolute’s Media Department and Gaming Associates with a few questions of our own, we will update you just as soon as we have answers.
Some of the questions presented include:
- Will players be reimbursed if foul play or security leaks are confirmed?
- Will the audit include in depth looks into those at the top, and specifically accounts mentioned in the online poker cheating allegations, including activities of former Absolute Poker CEO Scott Tom and account 363.
In their statement AbsolutePoker.com Representatives Said:
Allegations have been made against the former CEO of Absolute Poker, Scott Tom. Absolute Poker has said that Mr. Tom will be the subject of a formal investigation.
We do not know how long this investigation will take, or if the results will be made public, however we will update you the moment any new facts become known to us.
Entire Absolute Poker Statement:
Absolute Poker Management wishes to inform the poker community of the following information in response to the most recent claims posted over the past 48 hours on the 2+2 and Pocket Fives forums wherein again it is alleged that some person or persons breached Absolute PokerÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s redundant and varying levels of game client security. As was stated in Absolute PokerÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Official Response released on Friday October 12, 2007, Absolute Poker conducted an extensive investigation in response to the claims it was made aware of and received. The results of that investigation indicated that to the best of Absolute PokerÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s knowledge, information and belief there was no security breach. Specifically, Absolute PokerÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s internal investigation determined that it is impossible for any person, device, program, script or other means to see hole cards.
Based on the most recent claims that Absolute Poker has been made aware of and at the request of some of our players and business partners, Absolute Poker has agreed to retain a widely acclaimed independent third party auditor, Gaming Associates, to conduct an independent audit of Absolute PokerÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s security systems. Specifically, Absolute Poker has requested that Gaming Associates conduct a thorough and extensive review of Absolute PokerÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s practices and security systems to determine whether it is possible for any person, device, program, script or other means to see hole cards thereby gaining an unfair advantage. (http://www.gamingassociates.com)
Absolute Poker has agreed to fully cooperate with Gaming Associates and its investigative team and to provide the above with unfettered access to all systems, protocols and databases at Absolute Poker worldwide. Absolute Poker has also agreed to allow Gaming AssociateÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s final report to be made available to Pocket Fives and Bluff Media for their review.
With respect to the claims that Scott Tom, a former Member of Team Absolute Poker, is in anyway involved in wrong-doing, Absolute Poker has requested a formal investigation into that matter as well. Mr. Tom has not been involved with Absolute Poker for over a year and to the best of our knowledge, information and belief has not had access to any of Absolute PokerÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s systems, databases or information.
Absolute Poker reserves the right to pursue any and all remedies whether in law or equitable which may procure to it as a result of any unlawful and injurious actions taken by any individuals who may have falsified any information, documents, files, or have by other means attempted to disparage and/or harm Absolute Poker, its Players, its current or former management, employees, business partners or affiliates.
Absolute Poker shall bear all expenses related to such investigation and is eager to learn about Gaming AssociateÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s findings. Absolute Poker highly values and intends to protect its players, shareholders, business partners, and affiliates.
Absolute Poker Management
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