Scandals

Wondering who is doing who, or doing what to whom? Our news brings you the latest scandals from the gambling world – whether its cheating, prostitution or just plain playing dirty.

Paul Phua Case Could be Tossed: Prosecution to Decide Friday on Whether to Drop Charges

Paul Phua Case Could be Tossed: Prosecution to Decide Friday on Whether to Drop Charges

Daniel Smyth - May 28th, 2015

Paul Phua may or may not know that crime doesn’t pay, but his defense attorney David Chesnoff has done everything possible to make sure that his client never has to find out. Due to Chesnoff’s legal team’s brilliant maneuvering, businessman and high stakes poker player Phua may not have to face trial at all, with […]

Sheldon Adelson to Battle Macau Wrongful Termination Suit in Nevada Court, Triad Connections Alleged

Sheldon Adelson to Battle Macau Wrongful Termination Suit in Nevada Court, Triad Connections Alleged

Ed Scimia - May 25th, 2015

Sheldon Adelson may want to spend his time spreading his influence in the Republican presidential primaries or stopping online poker in the United States, but more pressing legal issues may be at hand for the Las Vegas Sands CEO and chairman. A judge has ruled that a wrongful dismissal lawsuit against Adelson will be heard […]

Alix Tichelman Gets Light Sentence Following Guilty Plea in Google Exec Death

Alix Tichelman Gets Light Sentence Following Guilty Plea in Google Exec Death

Ed Scimia - May 19th, 2015

Alix Tichelman, daughter of WSOP poker player Bart Tichelman, has pleaded guilty to charges of involuntary manslaughter and administrating drugs in connection to the death of Google executive Forrest Timothy Hayes. Tichelman was sentenced to six years in prison. Hayes died on November 23, 2013, after suffering a heroin overdose while on a private yacht located […]

Is Carbon Poker Closing Shop? Smoke Says Maybe

Is Carbon Poker Closing Shop? Smoke Says Maybe

Hannah Elisabeth - May 15th, 2015

Is Carbon Poker on the verge of an imminent shutdown? Many factors appear to point in that direction. Both players complaining about slow or no cashouts on forum threads, and business directions being handed down from the site itself, are making it look like Carbon may soon join Lock and other now-defunct online sites, following […]

Phua Case Prosecutors Press for Conviction with Added Conspiracy Charge

Phua Case Prosecutors Press for Conviction with Added Conspiracy Charge

Philip Conneller - May 14th, 2015

Paul Phua is in the poker match of his life, and against what is possibly his most formidable opponent: the United States federal government. As the ongoing saga of the Malaysian whale poker pro’s alleged illegal sports betting operation continues to unfold, his poker skills, or rather those of his attorneys, will certainly be put […]

Betclic Everest Players Fined for Unlicensed Site Play by Belgian Gaming Commission

Betclic Everest Players Fined for Unlicensed Site Play by Belgian Gaming Commission

Daniel Smyth - May 11th, 2015

Betclic Everest poker players, beware: if you’re in Belgium, you could be in trouble for logging in to the site that’s unlicensed there. And other online poker players in Europe who thought they could evade the legal crosshairs of their national gaming commissions could be in for a shock if more countries decide to follow […]

Latest CSI:Cyber Episode Depicts Online Poker as Money Launderers’ BFF

Latest CSI:Cyber Episode Depicts Online Poker as Money Launderers’ BFF

Daniel Smyth - May 9th, 2015

CSI:Cyber, a recent spin-off of the popular and long-running original TV show now in its incredible 15th season, took on the in-the-news issues of poker and money laundering in a recent episode, and didn’t paint a very flattering portrait of the connection between the two issues. Although the industry wasn’t the intended target of the […]

Mehmet Hassan Murderers Handed Life Sentences

Mehmet Hassan Murderers Handed Life Sentences

Devin O'Connor - April 30th, 2015

The murderers of Mehmet Hassan, the UK-based poker player killed in 2014, have received hefty sentences from a British court. Two men involved in the killing, 29-year-old Nicholas Chandler and 28-year-old Kyrron Jackson, were handed life sentences by the judge, with a minimum term of 36 years behind bars recommended for each man. Meanwhile, Jackson’s […]

Defense Lawyers Request Dismissal of Paul Phua Case

Defense Lawyers Request Dismissal of Paul Phua Case

Ed Scimia - April 29th, 2015

Paul Phua may be just one more ruling away from winning his freedom. Defense lawyers for Phua have made a request to the judge presiding over his case that the charges against him be tossed, a move that comes in response to a previous ruling that tossed much of the evidence that was to be […]

Bryan Micon, Bitcoin Poker Pioneer, Charged With Unlicensed Gaming

Bryan Micon, Bitcoin Poker Pioneer, Charged With Unlicensed Gaming

Daniel Smyth - April 28th, 2015

  Bryan Micon, the pioneer behind Bitcoin poker site, SealsWithClubs, has been charged with “operating an unlicensed interactive gaming system” in Nevada. According to reports in the Las Vegas Review-Journal, an arrest warrant has been issued for the online poker operator. Should Micon be convicted of the Class B felony, he could face 10 years […]

Confusion Surrounds China Nanjing Millions Shut Down as Local Authorities Declare Event “Criminal”

Confusion Surrounds China Nanjing Millions Shut Down as Local Authorities Declare Event “Criminal”

Ed Scimia - April 22nd, 2015

The APPT Nanjing Millions was shut down last week before the second day of the reportedly PokerStars-backed tournament festival’s main event: that much everyone can agree on. Beyond that, however, there seems to be plenty of dispute about exactly what went down and who was responsible for what was likely the most ambitious poker event […]


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