Posts Tagged ‘Ultimate Bet’

60-Years Old Woman wins Bad Beat Jackpot

Friday, October 1st, 2010 makes a bad beat a good thing.

For those of you out there who play poker in any form or shape you have heard, experienced, or dealt some really bad beats. There is no more painful feeling at the poker table then watching your quads lose, or your straight flush get beat by a higher straight flush.

At (previously know as Ultimate Bet) that pain can quickly turn into the best feeling some poker players might feel in their whole lives because of the Bad Beat Jackpot. has always been known to have one of the largest bad beat jackpots that quite frequently stay in the six-figure range. At if you play at their tables specifically labeled as a bad beat table and lose with quad 8’s or better you are in for a big payday.

You don’t even have to be the winner or the loser of the bad beat hand, at most players close enough to the action when it happens will get a reward. players who are the table and even at some of the other tables with the same type of game and the same type of limit get awarded some of that bad beat jackpot money.


Towards the beginning of September the bad beat jackpot rose to the massive amount of $670,575.38 before one lucky player hit it. A 60 year-old woman who plays at under the screen name “KAPPIT” had her quad nines get crushed by “CIBV” quad queens. “KAPPIT” who has been playing for 40 years turned her unlucky hand into over a $218,000 dollar payday at, the funny part is she was playing at a .25/. 50-cent table.

The bad beat jackpot at is split up as follows: 25% rolls over to the next jack pot, 10% for the house, and 65% goes to the players with the split up going like this: 50% to the loser of the hand (the victim of the bad beat), 25% for the player with the winning hand, $1,000 for every other player at the table, and the rest is split up amongst other players playing at the same type and stakes when the bad beat jack pot is hit. sure knows how to reward it unluckiest players. Since the inception of the bad beat jackpot UB has rewarded over $58 million in bad beat money and there is no sign of slowing down with 2010 being the highest bad beat rewarding year at

Negreanu and Duke at loggerheads

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

Amanda Leatherman
Daniel Negreanu has been heavily scrutinised after he allegedly used the expletive ‘c***’ in a recent interview with

The four letter curse was directed towards female Ultimate Bet pro and sibling of Howard Lederer, Annie Duke. Open-minded Daniel has never been afraid to voice his opinion, but the word used to describe Duke was far from diplomatic.

Tension arose when Negreanu and Duke disagreed over the existence of the ladies event at the recent World Series of Poker. Daniel supported such an event, citing his disappointment at male entrants using tampons as card protectors, and Shaun Deeb playing in a dress. Negreanu argued women had every right to hold their own tournament, free of male bigotry and chauvinism.

Duke hit back however, claiming that a separate event did no favours for breaking down the sexual barriers in the game. The shrewd Negreanu, however, found the hypocrisy in Duke’s repost. Despite claiming men and women are equal at the felt, Duke, in sync with her UB marketing image, champions herself as the ‘best female poker player in the world’ on her website. Negreanu went on to say, ‘how offensive are you, you f***ing c***?’.

Daniel’s attack has polarised opinion amongst poker circles. Whereas some people have praised him for his candidness, others have berated his terse choice of language. The row has escalated, with Duke calling for PokerStars to take responsibility for Negreanu’s words.

Negreanu has not replied on Twitter as of yet, but Lex ‘RaSZi’ Veldhuis came out in support for the Canadian ice-hockey lover. Lex added it was quite ironic that Duke asked PokerStars to assume responsibility, when Ultimate Bet has attempted to keep its super-user scandal under wraps. The animosity between the two parties is understandable. Duke’s website Ultimate Bet is in direct competition with PokerStars, and her brother Lederer co-owns further rival site Full Tilt Poker.

In other sections of the interview, Daniel discussed his rigorous training regime and decision to remain t-total throughout the 2010 WSOP. He questioned Phil Hellmuth’s ability to win another bracelet given the younger, superior opposition dominating large NLH tournament fields, and lauded praise on Phil Ivey. Negreanu stressed the importance of bluffing in today’s high stakes poker games, and hinted that he is dating glamorous Pokernews journalist Amanda Leatherman.

Chaos over at Cake?

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

Cake is a blossoming poker network which allows US customers, but a big slice of its credibility has been removed recently.

Since its 2006 inception, Cake Poker has become favoured for its juicy low-mid stakes action, lucrative sign-up bonus, and Daily Lottery Card schemes. But PokerTableRatings, a site that specialises in providing hand histories and player information, uncovered a serious floor in its encryption.

Without resorting to too much technical jargon, ‘encryption’ weaknesses meant that any hacker with access to a player’s network could view his hole cards. The vulnerability extended to server side, which meant a super-user could view all hole card information. Such dangers were ruthlessly exposed in the Ultimate Bet scandal, when super-users including ‘Potripper’ fleeced honest players out of thousands.

As explained by Cake Card room manager Lee Jones, problems arose when Cake switched from the TwoFish encryption algorithm to XOR encoding, instead of resorting to the esteemed SSL encryption code.

But why the suspicion? Does a weak encryption code (as exposed by PTR) necessarily mean abuse? Jones has admitted that several months ago Cake programmers insisted the encryption code was more secure than Cereus, which suggests deceit may have been involved. In response to PTR’s findings, Cake have added the ‘SSL layer in all server-client communications…together with peer verification’. They have also asked UB scandal investigator Serge Ravitch to initiate an official audit.

Despite Jones’s promise of a comprehensive enquiry, several questions remain unanswered.

Why did the programmers originally lie about the ‘fake’ encryption’s security qualities? Was it simply to lighten their workload, or for more devious means? Even if super-users were operating on Cake, it’s unlikely they will be uncovered. The Cake software forbids data-mining, and it allows players to change their nicknames (rendering PTR’s tracking software useless).

Regardless of the confusion surrounding Cake’s encryption, it’s important to stress the phrase ‘innocent until proven guilty’. Let’s just hope Cake Poker avoids the UB path of deception, and keeps us all updated.