9/27/09 – Online poker giant Ultimatebet.com recently paid out some $22 million in compensation to players prejudiced by the shocking hole card cheating scandal at the site allegedly led by former WSOP champ Russ Hamilton.
Some players have complained on leading Internet poker message boards that they were due more than they received, and it seems that they will soon be in a position to check out this information against individual hand histories recorded during the cheating scandal that were previously unavailable.
The news was broken in Joe Sebok's blog over the weekend. The poker ace recently joined Ultimatebet as a spokesman, and revealed that hand histories would soon be provided to those players who had requested them, initially in spread sheet summary format but later in more detail.
Sebok explained that some requests would receive a slower response than others, dependent on the amount of play and the time taken to assemble the information desired.
Sebok wrote: "It's a two-part process and here is the rundown:
"First off, UB [Ultimatebet] is currently working to catch up on all past historical requests, so be aware of that if you already have a request in. In truth though, it can't hurt to send another email request just to lock it up. You can do so at email@example.com. Please include all pertinent information in your email: your name, address, and your user name.
"Now, once your request has been processed you should expect a summary version of the information first. It'll be a spreadsheet that details every hand you specifically played against each of the identified 117 cheating accounts. This will be a complete record of all those hands so that you can go through and verify the refund amounts yourselves. This will act as a summary as we want to get something out to you while the actual detailed hand histories are processed, which obviously takes longer.
"Some hand histories will go out quickly, as they won't contain as many hands as others. Some players have played a ridiculous amount of hands however and that will take a longer amount of time to process. Again, this is the reason for the first, summary hand breakdown of the information, as that gets something in your hands that you can begin checking sooner.
"Please be a little patient with getting this information out and back to you once you have requested it. I know you have all been waiting for quite a while, but this kind of project takes some time to run through."
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