Pitbull Poker Scandal Update

October 27, 2009

pitbullIn the aftermath of the Pitbull Poker superuser scandal that resulted in the closing of the popular online poker room and the apparent evaporation of hundreds of thousands of dollars, a leading affiliate, known as “JC Hawk,” has made it his personal charge to seek justice and retrieve the losses of players and affiliates alike.

Hawk was initially in contact with Pitbull Poker and the Flash Poker Network, specifically, Dave Brenes, Flash Poker Network Manager, and Keving Baronowski, owner of Pitbull Poker. In regards to any indication that something might have been wrong prior to the termination of the site, Hawk states, “There were lots of red flags. When I told them [my lawyers and I] were coming down to Costa Rica in late September, they stopped talking to me.”

Hawk estimates that more than $100K is owed to him for NLPT.tv, his affiliate poker site, on top of the cash investments that he directly put into Pitbull Poker. He has furthermore compiled a list of people who claim losses against the online poker room and has brought the case before the Costa Rican government.

Hawk explains, “The government has been great to work with so far. They don’t want to see people from other countries scammed, as it hurts their trade market worldwide and scares investors away. The U.S. Embassy and the Costa Rican government are working hard to prosecute this and get any recovery they can.”

Brenes, now former Network Manager at Pitbull Poker, sticks to his story that he is no longer employed by Pitbull, was never responsible for handing player funds, and is not a principle in the ownership in any way. He declines any further comments.

All that remains is the Pitbull website message that the room is closed. It states, “To cash out your balance, please email support@pitbullpoker.com.” However, there haven’t been any reports of any contact actually made with the Pitbull Poker accounting department, nor has anyone received any funds back from their accounts.

Additionally, no statements have been made by former Pitbull employees or manager, and the online poker forums continue to buzz with anger towards this whole thing. Identifying the superuser accounts seems to be somewhat of an obsession and much speculation remains. Meanwhile in Costa Rica, Hawk and a number of high-stakes players are preparing for a fight as they attempt to recover their money.


8 Responses to “Pitbull Poker Scandal Update”

  1. brian on November 1st, 2009 11:08 pm

    Im on the list of people who have tried , with no success to get my winnings back from pitbull poker.If any one knows of any one to contact about this legal issue, please let me know.Id love to get in on this lawsuit.

  2. admin on November 2nd, 2009 8:59 am

    Hey Brian,

    With your permission I can forward your email address to JC Hawk who is one of the leading forces when it comes to taking down the guys behind Pitbull Poker and getting the players money back.

    If you want me to send him your contact details so that you guys can work something out just let me know.


  3. gary on November 13th, 2009 6:18 pm

    Hello Marcus

    Could you forward me to JC Hawk? I had money in my Pitbull poker account when they closed.

  4. admin on November 14th, 2009 8:48 am

    Hey Gary,

    I have sent your email address to JC Hawk and hopefully he will be in contact with you shortly.


  5. Eric on November 18th, 2009 6:11 pm

    Hi I was also scamed out of my cash out, is there any update on what’s going on?

  6. Paul on November 19th, 2009 8:16 pm


    Was wondering if you could forward my details onto JC Hawk or better yet a way to directly contact him. I’m among the unfortunate who have had money stolen by Pitbull Poker. If possible I’d let to get in on suing Pitbull as the money they have stole from me has practically crippled me financially. My username on the site was “PauloCot”.

    Paul Cotton

  7. admin on November 20th, 2009 8:14 am

    Hey Paul,

    I have tried to forward your details and the details of the other guys to JC Hawk but the email he left to me here is not working any longer and when trying to visit his website I am getting “The service is unavailable.”

    Hopefully he will come back here and leave an email address where you guys can reach him.


  8. Ralph on December 6th, 2009 4:57 pm

    I too had a pending cashout with pitbull, that I had requested months before they closed only to be met by story after excuse after story after excuse. It was for $1000 USD. I know its not much in the grand scheme of things but I’d still like the money I’m entitled to.

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