Monday, January 14, 2008

Absolute Poker response to Kahnawake Gaming Commission

The following article details the response of Absolute Poker, to the findings presented by the report of the Kahnawake Gaming Commission:

The Absolute Poker scandal was first brought to light by players (on Absolute Poker in October) who alleged that other players "were demonstrating the...'super-user' ability to see opponent's hole cards." This final report by the Commission comes more than two months after the incidents were perpetrated.

The statement from Absolute Poker seems very happy to put the matter behind it finally, and get on with business. They refer to the conditions (penalties) including audits and the $500,000 fine as a "severe penalty," however I'm not sure the online community of poker players and bloggers will be so quick to forgive and forget. I'm not sure that everyone would agree that this penalty was "severe" enough.

STILL, players do continue to play at Absolute Poker, despite this controversy. Perhaps now that Absolute finds itself under a microscope and a seemingly ever watchful eye, players may feel safer playing at this online poker room than at any other.

I'm reminded of the scene with Robin Williams in "The World According to Garp" when the plane crashes into the house that he and his wife have just been shown by the realtor. Garp consoles his wife who is obviously in shock at the incident, and tells the realtor that of course they'll take it, then tells his wife, "Honey, the chances of another plane hitting this house are astronomical. See? It's been pre-disastered. We're going to be safe here."

We shall see.




Short-Stacked Shamus said...

Haha, love that analogy/allusion.

I have heard that very idea being expressed (i.e., "It's the safest place of all, now!"). Still, I think I'll take my moneys elsewhere . . .

cheer_dad said...

I'm with you shamus... there are plenty of alternate sites out there from which to choose.

Thanks for stopping by!