Monday, April 30, 2007

Join the Poker Player Alliance

Dear Eric,

This is Mike Sexton, and I want you to get involved to help support the great game of poker. I am sure that it isn't news to you that the federal government passed a law last year to restrict online poker sites from offering real money play. I believe it is possible to change the legal landscape. That's where the Poker Players Alliance (PPA) comes in. I have been personally involved with the Poker Players Alliance, and believe you should too.

The PPA is a grassroots movement, consisting of poker players like us, who would like to change the law. Our goal is simple - to change the ban, and allow us to play poker on-line, on licensed and regulated sites. I believe that poker is a game of skill, and a game that is part of the American fabric, and that licensed and regulated online sites can offer fair and secure online poker. I support the efforts of the Poker Players Alliance and I have arranged to sponsor a free PPA membership for you. Please CLICK HERE to join me and add your voice to millions of other poker players who will be heard by Congress.

Your part in this is simple. Just sign up now for this free offer (if you clicked in the above paragraph, you have joined), and the PPA will be sending you regular newsletters to keep you informed of what you can do to help bring back poker. The PPA is preparing to launch a massive lobbying campaign in support of new legislation that will be introduced shortly in Washington D.C. By joining now, we can send a message to our lawmakers to make sure that they know about our love of online poker and desire to bring it back.

Our mission will not be easy - or cheap. Lobbying for reform is an expensive process, and our efforts will not succeed overnight. The PPA is a not-for-profit organization, and your contributions go directly into lobbying efforts. If you can, please support our shared interest further with a donation.

If you are already a member, do not worry, you can upgrade your membership to a fully paid membership, or better by clicking here. Rest assured that your privacy rights will be secure with PPA. Your personal information will not be shared with anyone. I hope that you will join us in this effort. The time to make it happen is now.

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Mike Sexton

Friday, April 20, 2007

Phantom's Pump & Dump

Since Tuesday's post, Phantom Entertainment has already dropped more than 64% from its highs. The timing of the press release was fraudulent curious considering the company missed their quarterly filing deadline the very next day. Phantom is now in non-compliance status & has been relegated to the pink sheets. I'll be interested to see how many insiders sold during the rally.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Phantom delays their Lapboard 6 more months - Stock quadruples

The pink sheet market is a different beast where Market Efficiency theory usually does not apply. For example, take today's press release from our friends at Phantom Entertainment (formally known as Infinium Labs). In their announcement, Phantom released 4 pieces of bad news:
  • The Lapboard has been delayed 2 additional quarters
  • Phantom has given up the rights to their only product to instead collect royalties
  • They have "switched" manufacturers (Ione/Itron)
  • They have all but left the US markets & have instead entered Asia
In addition, it fails to comment on the company's lack of funding which has been the main reason why the stock has fallen more than 90% the past year. Just last month the company decided to double the number of shares, slashing the current shareholders piece of the pie in half. But these shares are only worth a couple million even after today's rally. Last quarter's cash burn was much more than this amount.

So how did the stock react? It quadrupled from .0006 to .0024! How can this be? First of all, PHEI is an extremely low volume stock that can be moved with great momentum after any news or pickup in volume. But the rally has more to do with the creative way the PR was written. At first glance, it seems very positive. But read into the details & you will see that the real news could send the stock plummeting the next few days:

"PHEI announced today it has entered into a major, multi-product licensing agreement with Ione Technology Inc."
Meaning: We have no funds to build the Lapboard & have sold the rights to another company. Instead, we will receive 5% royalties if it is ever built. It's their problem now! (Ione Technology is actually the same company as Itron, the previous manufacturer. They changed the company name to Itron in 2003. Fradulent?)

"The agreement allows Ione Technology to market an Ione wireless lapboard and Ione wireless laser mouse in markets throughout Asia"
Meaning: We no longer have any credibility in the US markets. Asia has no idea who we are!

"Phantom Entertainment will manufacture the Phantom Wireless Lapboard and Phantom Wireless Mouse throughout the United States and Europe"
Meaning: Even though we have promised this for 3 years and still have no funds to build it, we still plan on launching the Lapboard. Otherwise, we have no reason to still be collecting our gigantic salaries!

"We anticipate Ione Technology will begin production and distribution of the Ione wireless lapboard and Ione wireless laser mouse in the third quarter of 2007"
Meaning: We are delaying the Lapboard for the 6th time so that our investors stick around for another several months (it was originally slated for a 2004 launch date).

As you can see, with a little creativity (and borderline fraud) you can turn any bad news into an optimistic-sounding announcement. It's not difficult to predict how the stock will perform the next couple days once this becomes obvious to the current investors... sell before it's too late!