Michael Josem featured on Poker Life Podcast
Michael Josem, best known for investigating the Ultimate Bet/Absolute Poker (AB/AP) cheating scandals in 2008, made his first appearance on the Poker Life podcast this weekend. The Australian poker player and current Head of Security for CoinPoker discussed a variety of topics, including advances in detecting cheating and bots and the future of legal poker sites in the US. The podcast also included some off-topic conversation between host Joey Ingram and his guest.
Through his detailed investigation into the AB/AP scandals, Josem uncovered employee activity that had defrauded players of potential winnings over a three-year period. When the details of his investigation were released, poker pro Russ Hamilton was named as the mastermind behind the frauds. Josem was picked up by PokerStars after his story to develop solutions for the detection of illegal software and player collusion. He worked with PokerStars until 2017 when he moved to CoinPoker. In addition to overseeing the site’s security and player integrity, Josem also maintains a blog, MichaelJosem.com.
Ingram has been around the poker community for many years. He occasionally plays online at PokerStars under the moniker JoeIngram1, and can also be seen on the 2+2 poker forums using the name ChicagoJoey. He has been running his podcast on YouTube for more than eight years, and has had a variety of guests sit down with him in front of the camera. He made headlines for himself after getting huge action on a prop bet that saw him play 50,000 poker hands at low-stakes games in a 24-hour period. For completing the feat, he picked up $30,000 in prop bet winnings, and $800 at the tables. The action was recorded and shown on YouTube, and resulted in Ingram setting the world record for most hands played in a day.