Online Poker Scandal Exposed on CBS “60 Minutes”
This past Sunday, the AP/UB scandal that rocked the online poker community just over a year ago was finally being exposed thanks to a controversial piece that was being aired by CBS producers on the popular television show “60 Minutes.” The video can be seen below and is definitely worth the watch.
This particular expose didn’t paint the greatest picture for online poker in general, going as far as publicly calling the game we all know and love as “illegal in the United States” but just “out of the jurisdiction” of our authorities to enforce any punishments to the players who deposit and choose to play freely on the net. But as with most people who are familiar with U.S. laws can tell you - internet poker is NOT illegal in the United States, and the CBS piece should not convert you to think otherwise.
The interviews conducted included sit-downs with former WSOP bracelet winner Todd Witteles, a Kahnawake Gaming Commission representative, as well as several other online poker players. The producers did an excellent job of naming the people involved in cracking open the initial investigation (the players themselves), as well as really putting on the heat on the main conspirator of the scandal, Russ Hamilton. Hamilton has not been formally charged and did not return calls to either 60 Minutes or the Washington Post.