Online Poker: Pitbull Poker Shuts Down

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C Costigan
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Pitbull Poker Shuts Down

Struggling online poker room Pitbull Poker has shut its doors according to reports across the Net on Wednesday.   The company has been embroiled in accusations of "cheating" in recent months.  Those customers of Pitbull Poker were not likely to have funds returned.  The online poker room was not endorsed by   

Pitbull Poker had sought to attract customers by giving any new player $10 just for opening up an account with them, long considered a red flag among online gambling professionals. initially offered this summary of Pitbull Poker's ownership:

Adding to the hysteria surrounding the site, is an unwillingness or perhaps an inability of the site to provide detailed hand histories upon request, a standard practice afforded to players of all the other major sites.  This prompted one angry customer to do some research into the company which created the software and he found a very checkered history.  Among the facts uncovered:

In 2000, Federico Schiavio, a high level IT employee of Binions, registered the domain and began developing custom poker software to launch a poker site on this domain
 March 23, 2004 Harrahs takes legal action against Mr. Schiavio over the domain
 April 19, 2004 Dimensus Ltd, the parent company of Pitbull Poker is formed. under Mr. Shiavio announces an arrangement with pitbull poker and launches the software.
 A scam artist named Kevin Baronowsky gets involved.
 He is the registrant of the following domains:
o a pherehormone selling site
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o All of these sites are found on the same servers.
 dsscanuck is a screen name it appears he used on a forum that discusses illegally accessing satellite television. In a discussion on that forum it seems that he was busted by a government agency for selling illegal equipment and turned informant against his customers. is now a blank website that holds banners for and is a site that sells a steroid cream product and happens to be hosted on the servers.

There were unconfirmed reports that Pitbull Poker officials were arrested in Costa Rica after attempting to flee their office with computers and server equipment during the early morning hours.

Christopher Costigan, Publisher 

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