I finally got involved in the whole UB thing this past week after an insider named brainwashdodo posted some screenshots and transfer histories. I’d been staying away because of a lack of hard evidence on the superusers, but thanks to brainwashdodo, I got involved again. Whoever he/she is — you did a good job getting that info.
A lot of the transfers between the superusers had Russ Hamilton’s name all over it. RussHamilton, -russh-, etc. There was another account named -Fred- that was tied to another old school UB guy named Fred David. It didn’t prove much except that it made me virtually certain that Russ and Fred knew who the superusers were. But then again, that was kind of obvious because the UB statements said that it was an inside job from former UB employees, so it wasn’t a huge shocker to see those names on the transfers. Nonetheless, I decided to look into it and see what I could find.
As I looked into the history of UB, I found a lot of connections to Madison, WI guys. Guys like Phil Hellmuth, etc — they were all instrumental in the start of UB. There was a tech guy named Greg Pierson who ran a company called ieLogic, which programmed the original UB software. I’m not sure what happened to ieLogic, but Greg then went on to head up Iovation, which is still a company today. My basic conclusion is that since Greg Pierson was in at the beginning of the whole thing (literally the very start of discussions) and he was in charge of the development, he had to know how it all got started.
I also received some information from a UB whistleblower. I was sent the following about the nvtease/NoPaddles/sleeplesss account, which is a confirmed superuser as per the May UB press release:
Customer ID: Token ID: Username: Status: Creation Date: Update Date: 227061 Sleeplesss Active 2003-09-16 16:33:01 2007-09-05 13:12:49 Name: Lauren B Makar Address 1: 1725 Glenview Dr. Address 2: Address 3: Address 4: City, State, Postal Code Las Vegas, NEVADA 89134 Country UNITED STATES Customer Phone: 702326xxxx Customer Birthdate: 1967-xx-xx Email Information: Address: email@example.com
That’s a bit of a shitshow, but you get the idea. I took out some sensitive information to protect privacy. I didn’t know how to lookup records, so I posted asking about that on 2p2 here. I got a PM from sprstoner that pointed me to the Clark County lookup system and I put in the address. That took me, after a click, to here. Who’s the name listed?
HAMILTON RUSSELL & CAROLYN
They bought the property in 2006 from Travis and Lauren Makar. I don’t know how those names are connected. But it showed that the registered address of at least some of the super user accounts belonged to Russ Hamilton, the former owner of UB.
I basically felt sick to my stomach. I talked to Russ on the phone a few times in the fall — brsavage got me in touch with him. We talked about how disgusting it was that this happened at AP. Russ expressed a strong opinion that he was going to do whatever it took to get things right and, at the time, I believed him that he was going to fight to get things at AP right. He even got me in touch with the guys at AP so I could go down there and meet with them on behalf of PokerNews and the community as a whole. This guy RAILED against the people at AP who were superusing.
We’ll see what happens in the following days. Does anyone have the balls to ask Phil Hellmuth about this out at the WSOP?