Washington Post Journalist Tackles Issues Surrounding Online Poker

Gilbert M. Gaul, a Pulitzer-prize winning investigative journalist with the Washington Post, has written two pieces detailing the UltimateBet and Absolute Poker cheating scandals and making the case for the U.S. Government to regulate the online poker industry.

The first article, entitled Players Gamble on Honesty, Security of Internet Betting, was featured on the front page of Sunday’s edition of the Washington Post. This article talks to Todd Witteles, aka “Dan Druff” about how he first became suspicious of superusers on AbsolutePoker.com and how the online poker community were the only ones willing to work the details through to a resolution. Read the full article here. The second piece, which also received front page treatment, is in Monday’s Post and is entitled Prohibition vs. Regulation Debated As U.S. Bettors Use Foreign Sites. The article lays out the case for and history of the attempts to make online gambling a regulated industry in the United StatesPoker Players Alliance executive director John Pappas is interviewed in this piece. Read that article in its entirety here.
Gaul was also involved with 60 Minutes in producing the piece that aired on CBS Sunday night which focused on the UB and AP scandal and how members of the online poker community cracked the case. Courtesy of the 60 Minutes we have posted that segment here.

Gaul and Serge Ravitch, another online player who was involved in breaking the case took part in a Live Chat on the Washington Post website earlier Monday. A full transcript is available here.

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Editor in Chief at BLUFF.com
Editor in Chief: Lance Bradley began working with BLUFF in March 2008 and was named Editor in Chief in August 2009. Prior to joining BLUFF Bradley launched an independent poker blog, ThePokerBiz.com in 2006. Before entering the world of poker media he was the Poker Room Manager for Bodog from January 2004 until June 2006. He graduated from the Applied Journalism program Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Vancouver, Canada.
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