Cookies on the PokerWorks Website

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you continue without changing your settings, we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on the PokerWorks website. However, if you would like to, you can change your cookie settings at any time.

Continue using cookies

Poker News | World Poker News

UltimateBet Signs Joe Sebok as Player and Consultant

Share this
After well over a year of scandal-filled news about UltimateBet, the Kahnawake Gaming Commission recently released its final decision on the matter in order for the site, along with parent company Tokwiro Enterprises, to move forward. Though the criminal investigation remains unresolved and in the hands of unknown law enforcement officials, UltimateBet repaid cheated customers and paid its fines and dues. Even still, the signing of well-respected poker player Joe Sebok to its ranks of pros was somewhat unexpected and set off a roller coaster of emotions within the poker community.

Rumors indicated that Sebok had been considering the idea of joining the UltimateBet team for awhile, especially after he noted that he took a trip to Costa Rica in the late summer. But it wasn’t until September 21, 2009, that he announced via his blog on PokerRoad that he took the deal. He admitted that he rejected the idea at first, especially since he had been one of the most outspoken about the errors made by UB throughout the entirety of the scandal that “left a bad taste in my mouth.” He added, “I couldn’t imagine me being involved with an organization that had these kinds of problems in their past.”

However, more recently, Sebok was approached again and decided to investigate UB on a more in-depth basis, speaking at length with Tokwiro COO Paul Leggett and making that trip to Costa Rica to visit with every department in the company. His conclusion was that the problems at UB were resolved and nothing scandalous or criminal is taking place at the company today. In the end, he asked for two conditions to be met before joining UB. First, he wrote, “They always allowed me to speak my mind 100%. I would never be a P.R. spinning machine for them and they shouldn’t expect that. If something were to go down at UB while I am there, I will be the first to blow the whistle and force the company to be accountable, not the last.” The other condition? “They also agreed to create a role for me within UB that was more than just sponsored player… but will also be taking part in reviewing their processes and adding my opinions as a formal consultant with the team over there as the ‘Media & Operations Consultant.’”

The new role for Sebok will include not only representing UB at tournaments but working with the company to secure the release of all hand histories from the time of the scandal as well as the names of the 31 people thought to have been involved with the alleged criminal actions of Russ Hamilton in some way. Though most of the histories were released, there are requests pending for which Sebok will facilitate the release, and despite the KGC’s objections to releasing the names of Hamilton’s co-conspirators, Sebok assures his fans that he will work toward overcoming those objections. He wrote, “I commend Paul and the management team over at UB for being open to this release and making it happen at my insistence… The future of UB is now quite bright with so many positive and exciting moves on the horizon.”

Within two days, Sebok was giving instructions to those who would like their hand histories from the scandalous years, and he was already working with the team to ensure that process is as expedient as possible.

Though many in the poker community responded immediately with trust in Sebok’s decision, others in the online poker forums have not been kind. To those who remain skeptical of UltimateBet and Tokwiro, Sebok responded, “I just ask that you give the situation some more time…”

News Flash

The IRS Scores Big at 2015 WSOP ME Final Table

The IRS managed to snag 34.13 percent from the payouts of the 2015 November Nine, totaling $8,467,091.

Read more

Quick Room Review

Bonus Room review

Subscribe to the Nightly Turbo

Be the first to know all the latest poker news, tournament results, gossip and learn all about the best online poker deals straight from your inbox.

RSS Feed