..

Somach: Did Poker Kill Bin Laden?

Written by:
Thomas Somach
Published on:
May/08/2011
Bin Laden Poker

A rumor spreading like wildfire through the poker community suggests that last month's bust of the operators of three major online poker rooms by U.S. Feds was part of the operation that led to the killing this month of Osama bin Laden.

The rumor, which has appeared in an Atlantic City newspaper and other mainstream media, goes like this:

The CIA, searching for bin Laden, was tracking a courier who was said to meet regularly with the terrorist leader. The CIA found out the courier was an online poker player and figured if they could locate where he was playing from, it would lead them to bin Laden. So the Feds busted the three largest online poker rooms in the world, figuring the courier was using one of them, to get the rooms' customer records. After examining the records to see who was playing from Pakistan and Afghanistan, where bin Laden was suspected to be hiding out, the CIA was able to pinpoint the courier's location and find bin Laden and kill him.

Sound far-fetched?

Probably, but we'll never know for sure.

If the CIA did indeed trace online poker records, not to mention bust 11 people to get access to those records, it's not going to admit it.

It might have to do it again to find another terrorist.

"Sources and methods" is how the CIA refers to its process of acquiring information, known as intelligence or "intel" in the spy biz.

And one major rule of the CIA is that it never discloses sources and methods.

So if the CIA did indeed use Internet poker hanky-panky to blow away a terrorist, it would say it didn't.

And if CIA really didn't, it would also say it didn't.

So either way, the CIA, and by extension the U.S. government, would say it didn't happen.

But there still might be a way to tell if there's any truth to the rumor.

If in the next few weeks, the 11 people arrested in the online poker room busts suddenly have all charges dropped against them, that would say something.

Something like: chess isn't the only game with pawns, poker has them too.

By Tom Somach

Gambling911.com Staff Writer

tomsomach@yahoo.com

Poker News

Poker News: Americas Cardroom is Giving Away 18 Tickets to Million Dollar Weekend

The Friday and Saturday mega event coincides with Americas Cardroom turning 21, which in poker terms equates to an ace. 

Poker Pro Cory Zeidman Arrested in Connection to $25 Million Sports Betting Scheme

Poker Pro Cory Zeidman Arrested in Connection to $25 Million Sports Betting Scheme

The 61-year-old professional poker player was charged Wednesday morning in Florida with placing radio ads to “lure victims to retain [his] organization for sports betting advice”, promising that “privileged information” meant that the bettors would have no risk.

Matusow Defends Negreanu Over Sexual Misconduct Claims

Matusow Defends Negreanu Over Sexual Misconduct Claims

“What this woman said is just lies,” Matusow said. “Daniel would never ever act like that towards a woman poker player. He told me if he was staring at her it was just to get reads, not because he wanted to f*** her.”

Punta del Este Main Satellite Announced for July (2022)

This is your chance to win a $4,500 dream poker vacation to compete in a Live Event in an exotic location!

Negreanu Chimes in on Depp-Heard Trial: Justice for Johnny, Amber a Liar

Negreanu Chimes in on Depp-Heard Trial: Justice for Johnny, Amber a Liar

In regard to Amber, who claimed she was abused by Depp, Negreanu asks: "Does anyone believe if she had these injuries that she wouldn’t have taken a single picture at any point? It’s not plausible or believable to me at all considering how much she documented during the relationship."

Syndicate