I Support the Ultimate Beat Project on Kickstarter

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… and I think you should too.

To be more specific: I generally think that anyone involved in online poker in any capacity should consider pitching in a buck or two, but anyone who profited from AP / UB as a player, affiliate or otherwise should feel something pretty close to a moral responsibility to help the Ultimate Beat project come to fruition.

Visit the Kickstarter page for Ultimate Beat, or read on below for more details.

Ultimate Beat is an in-the-works documentary that seeks to tell the story of the Ultimate Bet scandal, a scandal that continues to reverberate through the poker community nearly a half-decade later.

Or, as the creators describe the project:

UltimateBeat – Too much to lose is the culmination of nearly five years of investigation into insider fraud at UltimateBet, an online poker site built at the start of the poker boom. When the company admitted insider cheating in 2008, a shockwave tore through the poker community shredding a paper thin wall of trust. Players believed site operators had far too much to lose to ever engage in shady behavior. But site owners did more than steal from their customers. They engaged in an active cover-up of the amounts stolen and who was involved. They conducted their own private audit/investigation and decided exactly how much they wanted to refund to the cheated players with no verifiable or public report on the process. The likelihood is that they paid out far less than they took.

Teaser for the film is below:

The current Kickstarter campaign for the film is looking to raise $6,500 (or more), money that will go to moving the film to the next stage of production.  Says the Kickstarter page:

We made it over the initial funding hurdles for gear/software and have shot a significant amount of footage. Now we need your help to cross the finish line. Still needed for the film are two location shoots, one in Oregon and one on the East Coast. We also need to buttress our legal assistance/E&O insurance category to ensure we stay within the boundaries of Fair Use and avoid any Defamation issues. Finally, our edit suite needs color grading software to give our project that Grover-approved look. Ten dollars or ten thousand, it will all help (though our Kickstarter page is set up for $6500.00, you are allowed to go over).

The project is still well short of its goal (as of this article).  I pledged $200 – if only 30 people in the community match or exceed my pledge, the campaign will easily exceed its funding goals, and the world will get at least a little closer to understanding what really transpired behind the scenes of one of the most audacious thefts in history.

- Chris is the publisher of OnlinePokerReport.com. Grove also serves as a consultant to various stakeholders in the regulated market for online gambling in the United States.
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