The Simpsons Co-Creator Sam Simon Falls Prey To Online Poker ScamDecember 15, 2010 10:48 am
“The Simpsons” co-creator and producer Sam Simon, has enjoyed many a game of poker in the past and was recently described in the Las Vegas Review Journal as “a one-time Vegas whale.”
Despite not working on The Simpsons since 1993, Simon still receives $10 million a year from the show and was even married to poker pro Jennifer Tilly from 1984 to 1991.
However, when it comes to the current state of online poker Simon has his own particularly opinion on the subject, tainted by his past experiences.
“I don’t play online at all, anymore,” commented Simon after revealing he had previously fallen prey to online scamsters while playing at PokerStars. At the time, Simon was the victim of a collusion scam which was later detected and resulted in a refund, but has been put off playing online ever since as, as he explains, they “keep finding these cheating scandals online.”
If that wasn’t bad enough, Simon claims a high stakes pro friend of his was scammed out of $4 million after cheats broke into his home and set-up a webcam directed at his computer screen.
He kept “losing, and losing, and losing…[until] he found a camera stuck in his ceiling, looking at the screen,” continued Simon.
Despite his past experiences online, Simon says he supports legalising online poker, which he sees as a better means of regulating the industry.
However, Simon has signalled his opposition to US Senator Harry Reid’s bill, which aims to ban PokerStars and Full Tilt for at least a year while only allowing casino corporations such as MGM and Caesars Palace to develop online poker sites.
“I think it’s the most obvious, corrupt, terrible thing I’ve ever heard of. The idea the United States could decide that only casinos, his supporters, could own online poker sites is beyond belief. America is in big trouble. It’s become a banana republic.”