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Layne Flack Talks About the Russ Hamilton Ambush Video


Meant to post this last week but sometime a little thing called a weekend meth bender "life" gets in the way.

Layne Flack was a guest on Gary Wise's Rounders Radio podcast where he spoke on the Russ Hamilton ambush video for the first time.

About halfway through the interview, Gary describes how "very rudely" intruded on Layne and Russ' "private time" (because, you know, allegedly stealing at least $6 million from your friends and then going AWOL isn't even remotely rude). Layne says that when he saw the cameras, he "knew that wasn't a spot for me to be in."

Layne also said that he knows "for a fact that Russ Hamilton's lawyer said 'don't say a word.'"

Now the one thing we always felt Layne was unfairly skewered for in that video was that he may have just been golfing with Russ because he's a gambler and saw an edge he could exploit. Makes sense. Pretty common. Layne says that that's a "fair" assessment of why he was with Russ that day. Not that we were expecting him to say something else though.

But then Layne completely discredits himself by saying, "If [Russ] took all of this can one man do this without being caught?" to which Gary said, "That totally makes sense."

Yeah, kind of hard to believe how Russ could get away with something like that with a company that he started and was integral in developing the software for...inconceivable.

Listen to the full interview here.

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Mike Matusow Has A Wish For Russ Hamilton

Hey, while we're talking about Russ Hamilton, (not surprisingly) Mike Matusow had some things to say. Matusow is kind of like a (degenerate gambling version of) fine wine...the dude is getting better (and more entertaining) with age.

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Phil Hellmuth Speaks on the UltimateBet Scandal

Let's kick off the first of our NBC National Heads Up Poker Championship red carpet coverage with Phil Hellmuth. We weren't planning on "going there" regarding asking about Russ Hamilton and the UltimateBet cheating scandal, but after mentioning golfing with Layne Flack for a Golf Magazine story, well, it kind of opened the door...

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Mike Matusow Goes Off On Russ Hamilton

Mike Matusow is busting out and finally speaking about Russ Hamilton cheating him.

The guys on the Hardcore Poker Show landed an interview with Mike Matusow where The Mouth unloaded on Russ Hamilton.

To sum it up:

  • Hamilton kept calling Matusow to play heads up, and MATUSOW KEPT LENDING HAMILTON $50K to play him heads up. We put that in all caps for emphasis, btw. "Can you ship me $50k so we can play heads up and I can steal it from you?" Man that guy has balls.
  • Matusow claims to have evidence that proves Russ is 100% guilty (not that anyone doesn't think he is).
  • The incident has changed Matusow's style of play negatively (we've heard this from other pros too).
  • Other poker players are "pussies" for not being more vocal on the issue (couldn't agree more).

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Joe Navarro Breaks Down Russ Hamilton Video

We had former FBI agent and current WSOP Academy instructor Joe Navarro take a look at the Russ Hamilton video footage from last week. Navarro is an expert in analyzing non-verbal communication, which is perfect since Russ didn't utter a fucking word.

Some interesting points, though the one that really sticks out is this: if Hamilton's golfing buddies (particularly Layne Flack) really thought he was innocent of cheating his friends and other people out of millions of dollars on UltimateBet, would they have dodged out of the camera's view as fast as they humanly possibly could?

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Poker News Links Brought to You By Suelyn Medeiros

Figured we needed to bring some sexyness back on the homepage since you've been staring at Russ Hamilton's ugly mug the past few days. Enter Suelyn Medeiros, a Brazilian model who is so hot, that if it came out she was implicated in the UB super-user account scandal too, we'd be like, "Well, so what? What's the big deal? Who wouldn't do the same in her situation? Did you see her ass, btw?" View more below or the full set of pics here.

:: Tom Schneider's entertaining rant on Russ Hamilton sums up most people's thoughts on the guy pretty well. [link]

:: Jamie Gold signs with, whatever that is. [link]

:: Among those who are victims of the Bernie Madoff ponzi scheme: Lyle Berman. [link]

:: Man it's a fucking slow day if we're fucking linking to this story. [link]

:: And Annie Duke, a woman, who we broke finished at least in the top 2 (pretty sure she won it) on Celebrity Apprentice and who we still have a standing offer of a steak dinner, is finally showing up in some Celebrity Apprentice clips. [link]

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Russ Hamilton Exclusive Video - The Fallout

Some interesting feedback and fallout from various forums and blogs on the exclusive Russ Hamilton video footage posted yesterday:

:: Layne Flack is taking his lumps, getting about as much venom as Russ is. Great post on Pocket 5's detailing some of Russ and Layne's ties (remember, Layne was once a UB sponsored player). [link]

:: Whoever signed up a "Russ Hamilton" account on 2+2 and posted on this thread, way to bring the funny.  [link]

:: You know the Neverwin Poker Forum will do a good job capturing the general ID and rage most in the online poker community feel towards Russ. [link]

:: Just really like the "GoHabsGo" pic on Full Contact Poker. Oh yeah, for those asking, Daniel didn't provide the "tip" that Russ was golfing that day. Info came the old-fashioned way: some good sleuthing. [link]

:: Some awesome commentary over at Pokerati. Wish we had 10% as much interest in continuing commentary on stories as they do. Nice work. [link]

:: And for the 1% of people out there that don't view getting the one and only individual specifically implicated in the biggest online poker cheating scandal in history on camera for the first time since he was singularly named in the KGC report as newsworthy, there's always the Poker Road forum. [link]

We're working on a pretty amazing follow-up to this video that we hope to have completed by the first of next week. Stay tuned...

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Super-User Russ Hamilton Not So Super at Answering Questions (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

Below is exclusive footage of "alleged" UltimateBet super-user Russ Hamilton after completing a round of golf at a course he frequents (second to last paragraph) yesterday in Las Vegas.

One thing from this video is very clear: Russ Hamilton absolutely does not want to discuss his alleged involvement in the UltimateBet super-user cheating scandal.

Like, not even a word. And if you're innocent, even if your lawyers tell you not to talk, really, don't you just have to talk? How do you not?

Hamilton (wearing his visor) teed off yesterday around 12:30pm with his playing partner Layne Flack and two other men. After completing his round right before 5pm, the foursome decided to drive their carts back out to the first hole for a little more golf action. They went inside after that to presumably have a drink and settle their bets, and walked out of the clubhouse with our camera crew waiting.

Special side note, notice how quickly Layne Flack bails out of the camera's view.

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60 Minutes Online Poker Cheating Expose - What Did You Think?

Absolute Douchebags: Potripper and other online poker cheaters were finally featured on 60 Minutes last night.

60 Minutes aired its online poker cheating story last night. Some initial thoughts:

  • Could've been worse.
  • Especially when Steve Kroft started it off by saying that you can simply access an on site by logging on to the "world wide web..." At least he didn't go with "Information SuperhighwayTM."
  • Come on, Todd. You could've at least told them to refer to you as Todd "Dan Druff" Witteles. Nice NWP representing nonetheless.
  • The Kahnawake Gaming Commission is absolutely useless.
  • The fact that no criminal action has been brought against Russ Hamilton is disgusting.
We're currently working on a major Russ Hamilton story, and like 60 Minutes, tried contacting him about a month ago and had similar results. We know of a few big name pros who Hamilton personally stole money from through a super-user account. The dude is a slimeball.

More to come...but read more on the scandals here, here, and here.

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Screw You Russ Hamilton

Hey Russ, go screw yourself.

We are some spite-loving mofo's at Wicked Chops Poker. So even better than NOT including Russ Hamilton's WSOP championship banner in the Penn & Teller theater for today's final table is including it--but sticking it behind the escalators. It's like a big middle finger to a big cheating slimeball.

Nice work, Jeffrey Pollack or whoever did that.

Great job by Pokerati for noticing it. See their full photo dump here.

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It Was Russ Hamilton

Liar. Cheater. Stealer. Russ Hamilton.

No real shocker here, but Russ Hamilton was named by the Catania Gaming Consultants (the investigative firm hired by the Kahnawake Gaming Commission) as the man behind the UltimateBet super-user cheating scandal.

UB robbed players of over $60M $6.1M during a period of three-and-a-half years.

Hamilton was named as the main figure behind the scam. Hamilton gained super-user access as a member of UB's affiliate program team. Hamilton is a true piece of shit.

Read more here.

* Photo from Poker News.

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