My guest today is Michael Josem. Michael is a former Pokerstars security team expert, current Coin Poker head of security & the man who helped uncover the old AB/UB cheating!!
TIMESTAMPS!! Thanks David Huber!
(0:00) Intro: Michael Josem - Head of Security at CoinPoker, legendary 2+2 poster and #BeardLife enthusiast
(1:34) Did 2017 WSOP #OOL cost Papi "Podcast of The Year" at 4th annual American Poker Awards?
(2:18) Americas Cardroom discussion begins, refunds as high as $1,800 have been issued to ACR customers
(3:34) Josem believes cardrooms should respond/refund players who were "unfairly" harmed
(4:40) Players on offshore sites don't have a lot of recourse to lodge customer complaints
(5:27) The patented ACR player-refund process
(5:59) CoinPoker (cryptocurrency poker site) discussion begins, what players can expect
(8:17) Josem's role/responsibilities as Head of Security for CoinPoker
(9:59) Starting a poker site from the ground-up, building foundation & segregating player funds from operating expenses
(12:25) Luke Schwartz & Jason Mo work with HighStakes (GGNetwork), Dan Colman & Brian Rast are with Virtue Poker
(12:50) CoinPoker availability unknown for U.S. poker players. Are crypto-poker sites legit?
(15:19) Michael Josem (and Serge Ravitch) were instrumental in uncovering UB/AP superuser activities
(16:31) PokerStars is "only" site that currently offers "highest level" of player fund protection in UK market
(17:56) Bots discussion, proliferation of "prohibited software" in real money online poker games
(19:02) "Two halves" to making a good bot, how to curb "bot" activity
(22:03) Bot-vs-Bot competition is happening via other projects (Google: Poker Bot World Championship)
(23:16) Viewer chat: "Hamilton Ellis" submits comment on ACR refunds
(23:49) "James Szolopiak" asks how a player can best identify "bot play"
(24:30) Shout-out to confirmed human "rs03rs03" who 120-tabled on PokerStars
(26:01) Working on one's game is likely a better investment of time than bot-sleuthing
(28:31) MJ-YourCommunity-dot-org, bounty challenge issued, Barry Carter shout-out
(30:17) Josem & Papi #BeardLife discussion (GTO or GTFO?) - Joey still awaiting "puberty" stage to grow proper beard
(32:22) PokerStars changes after June 2014 - Isai Scheinberg (former PokerStars owner) discussion
(35:23) David Baazov (former Amaya CEO) discussion
(36:21) Josem believes iGaming industry needs to re-focus its efforts on providing value to customers, Unibet shout-out
(37:34) Confirmed: research into David Baazov will blow your mind. PokerStars making adjustments post-Baazov?
(40:56) Mobile device gambling offers new opportunities for operators, UK study shows 53% of all iGaming now on mobile
(42:02) Lottery-style Sit & Gos were originally launched by Winamax, discussion of lottery-style games
(45:37) Some customers actually enjoy "100% rake" social gaming
(47:52) Josem argues that customer motivations drive market, not the other way around
(49:32) Papi isn't so sure that's what's happening in current "poker marketing" environment, more discussion
(58:48) Michael Josem appeard on Al Jazeera TV recently, PokerStars usage of Usain Bolt in advertising
(1:04:20) Why should people play at CoinPoker?
(1:07:56) The benefits of blockchain technology, CoinPoker promo code: "gummiworms" ???
(1:08:48) Shout-out to Isle of Man football legend Calum Morrissey followed by Papi's patented shout-outs
(1:14:32) Is Joey interested in eventually starting a family?
(1:15:51) What makes people happy in life?
(1:16:35) Religion and old-school What's Happening "Ralph the Lettuce Head" cult creation
(1:19:20) Michael Josem's political background in Australia & England
(1:19:52) Michael Josem for Isle of Man Senate?
(1:20:49) How accurately does Netflix original "House of Cards" portray American politics?
(1:21:46) Government corruption in modern-day society, shout-out to "Paradise Papers" and TSG ownership of PokerNews
(1:26:00) Degree of "adultness" in setting a sleeping schedule?
(1:27:37) Recommended Reading: "The Vanishing American Adult" by Ben Sasse
(1:32:49) Rent your house, get married, start a family, create Airbnb babies - Papi & Josem to start a family?
(1:35:12) Overnight stay at Papi's Palace (pallet, toaster, pop tarts & insemination not included)
(1:40:36) Doug Polk cryptocurrency YouTube channel. What are Josem's thoughts on Alex Dreyfus?
(1:41:43) Did Alex Dreyfus learn the word "initiative" from studying old-school David Baazov tapes? #EnergyLife ftw.
(1:44:15) Papi draws inspiration from Stars Rewards (Chests) program - offers Chaminade photo prize
(1:45:02) Isle of Man #DateLife swongs with Michael Josem - "millionaire vs. manslaughter" bar story
(1:49:46) What's Papi's dating life like in Las Vegas?
(1:50:14) Online dating apps provide unique opportunity to meet new people
(1:52:51) Outro, David Peters ($19.2m live poker tournament cash prize winner) podcast on March 10th at 6PM Eastern