Nat Arem publishes new installment of Absolute Poker trip report

December 8th, 2007
Nat Arem

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Nat Arem, the founder of thePokerdb and one of the key figures responsible for bringing the truth of the Absolute Poker cheating scandal to light, released another installment today of his ongoing trip report series that chronicles his visit down to the Absolute Poker offices in late October.

The report essentially offers Arem’s conclusions regarding the Absolute Poker situation, informed by his opinions, private sources, and insights he gleaned during his visit. Highlights: AJ Green was likely very involved in the day-to-day operations of Absolute and the lack of poker expertise internally among Absolute management likely facilitated the cheating. Excerpt:

Basically, Absolute Poker is claiming that a certain high level person said “there’s nothing to see here, move along” and that the rest of the company said “oh, okay, sounds good” and that the issue was therefore ignored internally. In order for that story to be even remotely believable, isn’t the level of poker expertise in the company pretty important? I don’t think people realize exactly how compartmentalized the departments are at a poker site like Absolute. For instance, I spoke with a well-known Montana guy who basically runs the payments at Absolute. He *clearly* did not focus his daily efforts on actual gaming. I doubt he’s reviewed a hand history in years. He spends his time moving money around, making sure they can get deposits smoothly (he told me some funny stories re: deposits), making sure cashouts happen fast, etc. There’s no way he spent time reading BBV or customer-level stuff. Lots of the higher level people don’t EVER look at hand histories or even play poker at all. They’re business people. Would you expect someone in the accounting department at Tylenol to know about cyanide in the pills? Or how to even figure out what went wrong? As poker players, we take it for granted that anyone with a clue about poker would know that something was wrong. What about people who never looked at the hand history because someone told them it was okay or about people who looked at it but didn’t know the first thing about poker? Would your brother/sister/parent who doesn’t play poker know something was wrong? The answer is probably not.

Whole thing here.