Annie Duke contradicts herself in UB Poker Cheating Scandal

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For over a week now, the big story in poker has been the UB cheating scandal audio tapes. These tapes feature Russ Hamilton, iovation owner Greg Pierson, and two lawyers discussing ways to quiet a scandal that collectively stole $55 million from UB players. Hamilton is recorded as saying that he used "God Mode" (a.k.a. AuditMonster) to see opponents' hole cards and win $16-$18 million.

Another interesting part of the tapes feature the 1994 WSOP Main Event champ saying that Annie Duke also had access to AuditMonster - although her version was on a 15-minute delay. Duke, who has $4.27 million in poker winnings, has since contradicted herself in regard to the allegations. First, she sent out a tweet that read:

I had access to the delayed viewing of cards only for a few UB tournament events where i was a radio commentator.

In addition to tweeting about the matter, Duke also wrote a lengthy post on her Facebook account. In one choice excerpt of the Facebook post, Duke writes the following:

The release of this audio has spurred accusations and I want to make it clear that I have never used a tool on a delay or otherwise that gave me or anyone else access to hole cards for use during real money play nor was I aware that such a tool existed until the scandal broke.

One could gather from the FB post that Duke is trying to say she never used the AuditMonster account for personal gain. However, Duke also adds that she wasn't aware "such a tool existed until the scandal broke." But she clearly was aware of it, according to the tweet.

Compounding matters is that Duke's then-boyfriend won a $1 million guaranteed UB tournament and cashed for $200k. What raises eyebrows here is that Duke's boyfriend was merely a poker novice and just so happened to win a huge tourney while Duke allegedly had access to God Mode.

Based on her contradictions, many people on TwoPlusTwo speculate that Duke had more to do with the UB cheating scandal than advertised. But in her Facebook post, the WSOP champion contends that Hamilton and Pierson were merely looking for somebody to take the fall. Perhaps more will come out on this matter and either clear Duke's name, or implicate her further in the UB cheating scandal.