Ultimate Bet and Absolute
Mondogarage had an interesting post in response to Hoyazo and Ultimate Bet. On the one hand Hoyazo is only concerned about making money from a weak ass site. Good poker fundamentals there. I can side up with him there. Mondogarage goes on to make some potentially good hypothetical points about the slippery slope of playing on a cheating site.
I think the main reason to not play on Ultimate Bet or Absolute poker is the one we have sported since the inception of online poker. You know what I am talking about right? You read through those forum posts where someone thinks they were cheated but honestly they suck or just got unlucky. The whole forum swarms the OP and tells him he is an idiot. The responding commenters in between gay momma jokes and pictures of naked donkeys make the point "It is in the sites best interest to keep the game clean because they will not make money if they are found to be cheating".
Think about that. If they are cheating they will not make money. The people playing on those sites will go away. There are too many clean sites for people to play on for people to put up with shit like that.
Now fast forward to the reality. Players will go to wherever they think they have an edge. If nobody cares if a site is cheating and good players like Hoyazo and Chad will still play at these sites then there is absolutely no reason for these sites to not cheat. Sure if they get caught there might be a quick whiplash effect. If this is not going to be a lasting shutdown of the site then what is the point.
I do not begrudge Hoyazo or Chad for making a killing. In poker you are really in it for yourself. I do think it would be a much better and safer online environment if people cared a little about the entire state of poker and shut down sites like UB and Absolute. Several bloggers have made their way to these sites recently and it just proves that there really is no reason for these sites to not cheat us all. So keep on cheating. Nobody cares.