Speculation that the business impact of recent cheating scandals at Tokwiro subsidiary Absolute Poker.com may have been considerable resurfaced this week as players reported receiving emails from the company offering to reopen their accounts.
The emails note that the incident "…was indeed a major shock to us and as a result we are working on many initiatives to improve the transparency and security of our business.
"In addition, the Kahnawake Gaming Commission engaged a third party auditor – Gaming Associates – to review all potentially affected transactions and to verify that the security breach has been closed. This audit was concluded and it's results were duly published."
The email goes on to recognise the completeness and accuracy of the KGC conclusions, and accepts without reservation the KGC's findings and sanctions – a reference to the $500 000 fine levied on the company by the KGC. It voices the hope that the company can now put behind it "….a most distressing and regrettable experience for the Company, its employees, and its customers."
Assuring that it has taken actions to remedy the flaws in its systems, Absolute goes on to inform players that it has appointed a team of both internal and external members to improve controls and install safeguards, improving internal practices and ‘guaranteeing' what it claims is the safest playing environment in the industry. No detail on these arrangements is given.
"Having experienced first-hand the devastating impact of a security breach, we fully appreciate the importance of trust and security for AP itself and the broader industry, the email continues.
"A secure site goes to the heart of player confidence, and we are more committed than ever to ensuring that confidence. To that end, we have taken it upon ourselves to hold a series of ‘poker security summits'. AP will invite respected and independent members of the poker community to focus on innovative and cutting-edge ways to further improve AP's security and enhance its transparency."
The email ends by reiterating the desire of the company to close the book on "this sordid affair" and offers assistance to players who wish to reopen their accounts.
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