Casino News: UltimateBet scandal stimulates Canadian media

UltimateBet scandal stimulates Canadian media

 June 1, 2008, 9:16 am (11 years ago)
Canadian media reacted swiftly to the statement by Tokwiro Enterprises ENRG about scandal at UltimateBet.com (its online poker site.)

Since this has been the second cheating scandal in a very short period of time, The National Post sees it as a credibility crisis in Mohawk regulators to regulate online gambling operations on the Kahanwake reserve. Absolute Poker.com also from Tokwiro as UltimateBet's, was involved in a similar failure and ended up with half a million dollars fine.

According to The Post, in the Tokwiro announcement, the company headed by former kahnawake grand chief Joe Norton, had not agreed to disclose the fraudulent winning amount. In the report, it says that the total amount will reach millions easily and that the analysis of twoplustowo.com found that $600,000 is just a part of the winning amount among the cheaters within four month last year. The malfunction of the software said to be the cause of the affair was in place for at least 15 months.


Bobby Mamudi, industry analyst, said that this cheating damaged the reputation of kahnawake's gambling industry and "They definitely do seem to be losing credibility and not doing too much about it." There have been sites being shut down due to the failure of payment of the winning, and since there has never been this kind of cheating over online poker, he calls it "quite unique"


In the Mohawk regulatory jurisdiction, it says that the Canadian federal government is contemplating to make the 400 or more poker and sports-betting sites operating from Kahnawake illegal. However, federal and provincial governments are not making any moves to avoid conflicts.

It claims "Last March, however, an aide to Justice Minister Rob Nicholson said the government was studying ways of shutting down the gambling, possibly by targeting financial transactions with illegal Internet operators,"

Murray Marshall, legal counsel of the gaming commission said that the regulation of Kahnawake is "the tightest in the world." "We would obviously prefer to prevent all possibilities of this kind of thing happening, but no system is infallible," as there have been same kind of frauds in casino gambling and banking.
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