Players Sue Former UB Parent Company for $20 Million

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2012. January 19.
Eight high stakes poker players have filed suit against former <em>UB </em>owner<em> Excapsa Software</em>. According to them, the company running the online poker room at the time has cheated around $20 million out of its players.
High stakes pros Daniel ‘Ashman’ Ashman, Brad Booth, Thomas ‘tommyboy83’ Koral, Greg ‘Captain Zeebo’ Laverly, Dave Lizmi, Daniel ‘King Dan’ Smith, Joseph Sanders and Dustin ‘Neverwin’ Woolf have sued 6356095 Canada Inc. (former Excapsa Software) and an additional 10 unnamed companies and persons. “The individuals are described as »owners, operators, officers, employees, and/or agents of Excapsa«,” PokerFuse.com reports. They probably include Greg Pierson, Jon Karl, Jack Bates and Russ Hamilton.

One of the plaintiffs: Brad Booth
One of the plaintiffs: Brad Booth

According to the file, the defendants conspired between “June 2003 and at least January 2008 … to direct, effect, and permit the theft of over $2,000,000 held in plaintiffs’ online poker accounts at UltimateBet.com” and a total of $20 million from their players “by creating and making use of an intentional security flaw” that allowed certain users to see their opponents’ hole cards at high stakes matches. These superuser accounts were also used for processes “that would have been impossible without insider assistance.”

The UB (UltimateBet) superuser scandal erupted in 2008 when 2p2 forum members discovered a player with a winrate 10 times higher than the average for regulars. Soon, additional accounts were found with abnormally high winrates. The community contacted UB and the room, following several months of wait, eventually acknowledged the existence of the superuser accounts that could see their opponents’ hole cards. UB accused its former executive board and promised to compensate players; details of the investigation, however, remained undisclosed.

The plaintiffs now refer to the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) created against organised crime. Among the charges are fraud, blackmailing, corruption, intervention for expected economical gain, unfair business practice and negligence. They claim that they registered the following amounts of loss against superuser accounts: Daniel Ashman ($153,863), Brad Booth (over $500,000), Thomas Koral (over $20,000), Greg Lavery (over $140,000), Dave Lizmi ($500,000), Joseph Sanders (over $100,000), Daniel Smith (over $20,000) and Dustin Woolf (over $300,000).

UB is not in the possession of Excapsa anymore; in 2008, the room was sold to Tokwiro and they paid $15 million to compensate players scammed in the superuser-scandal.

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