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Key Players

The cheating scandals at Absolute Poker and UltimateBet illustrate the shadowy industry of Internet gambling, but also the determination of players to hold unregulated online operations accountable. A look at several key figures on both sides of the scandals:

THE PLAYERS

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Todd Witteles

a.k.a "Dan Druff," the veteran online poker player complained to Absolute Poker officials in 2007 after losing to suspicious player "Greycat."

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Marco Johnson

a.k.a. "Crazy Marco," requested his hand histories from Absolute Poker after losing $428,520 in the final round of a 2007 tournament to suspected cheater "Potripper."

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Serge Ravitch

Former attorney turned online poker player, led investigation into Absolute Poker cheating along with Nat Arem.

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Nat Arem

Former auditor for consulting firm Deloitte Touche, traced account information in Absolute Poker hand histories to the company's founder.

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David Paredes

New York hedge fund investor and UltimateBet player, grew suspicious after losing $70,000 in a series of games to suspected cheater "NioNio" in 2007.

THE GAMERS

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Joseph Tokwiro Norton

Former Grand Chief of the Mohawk tribe and owner of Absolute Poker and UltimateBet, he has denied any knowledge of cheating at either site.

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Scott Tom

Founder of Absolute Poker who sold the business to Joe Norton in October 2006; the poker detectives traced IP addresses and e-mail accounts apparently belonging to Tom to his Costa Rica home.

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Michael Delisle

Grand Chief of the Mohawk Council of Kahnawake.

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Frank Catania

Former New Jersey gambling official who helped the Kahnawake write their Internet gaming regulations; recently hired by the commission to investigate Norton in the UltimateBet and Absolute Poker scandals.

Photos: The Washington Post, The Montreal Gazette, CBS News/60 Minutes

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