Daily Rewind: Russ Hamilton admits cheating, EPT Grand Final & ISPT updates

Today we get a new twist in the UltimateBet story, recap yesterday's EPT High Roller action and kick off the ISPT.

The Daily Rewind is your one-stop-shop for a sharp review of the day in poker. Join us here for a mix of the latest news and a more irreverent insight into the poker world. Today we discovered the following topics for you:

Secret recording with UltimateBet cheaters

Hamilton stole money
A private recording between Russ Hamilton, Greg Pierson (a developer at UltimateBet) and Daniel Friedberg (a senior manager at Excapsa) has found its way onto the internet.

Originally posted by Travis Maker, the three hour recording is a "damage limitation" meeting between various people implicated in the superuser scandal that took place at UB.

Throughout the meeting a number of high profile players, including Freddy Deeb and Jim "KrazyKanuck" Worth, are named as beneficiaries of Hamilton's unlawful winnings.

Perhaps the most significant thing to come out of the recording is Hamilton's admission of guilt. In a ten minute section taken from the original record, Hamilton says:

"I did take this money and I'm not trying to make it right, so we've got to get that out of the way real quick."

Quite why the recording was made is unclear, but the current theory is that Hamilton secretly did it to show that he wasn't the only person involved in the scandal.

For the full recording, click here.

PokerStrategists in EPT High Roller action

Kurganov running hot
With the EPT's Main Event is just a few tables away from a winner, the poker world's elite were given another shot at EPT success courtesy of the €25,000 High Roller.

The early action forced a number of notable pros, including Sam Trickett, Scott Seiver and Justin Bonomo, to rebuy at least twice as the number of entrance fees collected hit 158.

At the close of Day 1 it was Igor 'Lechuckpoker' Kurganov who led the chasing pack.

After collecting 471,700 chips throughout the day, Kurganov started today's session in front of a number of prominent community members, such as Germany's Marvin 'xcrash154' Rettenmaier (206,200), as well as Benny 'psychobenny ' Spindler (387,400), Jan 'Erdnase' Heitmann (50,200), philgruissem (133,200) and Black Member Martin '0piggybank' Finger (110,300).

Today's session will see the field whittled down even further before tomorrow's final table furnishes one player with the lion's share of the €3,500,000+ prizepool.

ISPT begins today

ISPT starts today
The first Day 1 of the International Stadiums Poker Tour is currently underway at Nottingham's Dusk Till Dawn.

With an entry fee of €300, the tournament is the first of ten Day 1s that will take place both live an online.

Tweeting earlier today, Simon Trumper has clarified that the top 10% of today's field will earn the chance to compete at Wembley Stadium between May 31 and June 5.

Play kicked off at 14:00 BST and with late registration available for five hours, Simon has predicted the opening field will top the 300 player mark.

Today at PokerStrategy.com

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Daily Signoff

EPT High Roller events might be full of world-class players, but if you're Phil Ivey then even a former World Champions is just another fish at the table.

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  • luckyme44


    phil ivey.. i love you man.. but when you say you will do anything to promote poker, you contradict yourself somewhat..
  • Mantelo


    Igor Kurganov does pretty well in every High Roller event he plays. I really would love to see a coaching session from him.