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November 2, 2008 - The investigative news show "60 Minutes" has apparently been working on a story about online poker - particularly, the cheating scandals that took place at Absolute Poker and Ultimate Bet. You might have already heard about it - I know I did. Well, it now appears that the story will soon air.

As reported at Poker Players Online, according to a legal consultant working on the story, Wendeen Eolis, the story is wrapping up some loose ends and is planned for a screening on November 9, which just so happens to coincide with the airing of the final table at WSOP 2008.

On the website of "60 Minutes", which is celebrating forty years of investigative reporting, there is no mention of what this Sunday's episode is about - only an archive of past episodes. And according to Eolis, that's just the way CBS wants it. The story still needs some last-minute finishing touches, including a trip to Las Vegas to catch up with former WSOP champ and Absolute Poker cheating conspirator, Russ Hamilton.

At the helm of hard-hitting reporter Steve Croft, the story is to include interviews with WSOP poker pros and the player detectives who first uncovered the cheating scandals - no thanks to denial by Absolute Poker management.

I, for one, hope that Hamilton grills the hell out of this story. In other words, I hope he asks the tough questions that the Kahnawake Gaming Commission should have been asking from the very beginning. Sure, the independent commission headed by former New Jersey Gaming Commission, Frank Catania, brought some important things to light (like Hamilton's role in the cheating scandal), but I know the online gambling community wants to see some legal action brought against the perps - not just refunds.

Considering the high profile of "60 Minutes", I think it's likely people will step up to bring this debacle some more closure. If they don't, it's a major hit against the online poker community, especially current efforts by the Poker Players Alliance to get online poker carveouts on the UIGEA. Can you imagine all the people watching this show who know nothing about how online casino gambling and internet poker works, only to see these huge cheating scandals, which in effect, will validate their fears that online gambling is dangerous and should be banned.

Originally published: November, 2008 | Categories: Online Poker

 

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