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.

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 […]

Paul Phua FBI Charges Could Be Tossed in Sports Betting Case, as Judge Says Ruse Went Too Far

Paul Phua FBI Charges Could Be Tossed in Sports Betting Case, as Judge Says Ruse Went Too Far

Daniel Smyth - April 20th, 2015

Paul Phua’s legal team has played its trump card and, according to reports, the gamble has paid off, as the bulk of the evidence obtained by the FBI in Phua’s illegal sports betting trial has been dismissed. Back in July 2014, the millionaire businessman and high-rolling poker player found himself in trouble with US authorities […]

Lock Poker Throws Away the Key on Millions Owed with Apparent Site Shutdown

Lock Poker Throws Away the Key on Millions Owed with Apparent Site Shutdown

Philip Conneller - April 20th, 2015

Lock Poker has been offline for three days, leading to speculation that the pariah poker site has shut down permanently. Lock has been suspected of insolvency for some time. Earlier this month, it reached the dubious milestone of a whole year since its last processed cashout, and it’s believed that the site owes its former […]

British Poker Enthusiast Guilty of International Drug Smuggling

British Poker Enthusiast Guilty of International Drug Smuggling

Daniel Smyth - April 19th, 2015

A poker playing “drug lord” from the UK has just been sentenced to 11 years in prison after being found guilty of international drug smuggling. Robert Knight, an amateur poker player from Walsall, UK, went on the run back in 2008 after police seized six kilograms of cocaine at Heathrow Airport. After investigating the haul, […]

APPT Nanjing Millions Raided and Shutdown by Chinese National Police Claiming Illegal Activities

APPT Nanjing Millions Raided and Shutdown by Chinese National Police Claiming Illegal Activities

Ed Scimia - April 17th, 2015

The Nanjing Millions poker tournament was abruptly shut down by Chinese National Police on Friday, placing doubt on the short-term future of live poker tournaments on the Chinese mainland. The tournament, part of the Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT), was scheduled to run from April 14-19 in the Jiangsu Wutaishan Sports Center. According to a […]

Honey Trap Gang Found Guilty in Murder of Mehmet Hassan

Honey Trap Gang Found Guilty in Murder of Mehmet Hassan

Ed Scimia - April 15th, 2015

Mehmet Hassan was murdered last March in his London home after returning there with a woman he had been spending time with in a nearby casino. On Wednesday, that woman and two male associates were convicted of killing Hassan as part of a robbery plot that ended in his death. Hassan, a professional gambler who […]

Undercover Staten Island Cop Loses $50K in NYC Taxpayer Money Infiltrating Illegal Poker Games

Undercover Staten Island Cop Loses $50K in NYC Taxpayer Money Infiltrating Illegal Poker Games

Philip Conneller - April 14th, 2015

How do you fund a Staten Island illegal poker game infiltration? Apparently, with hard-earned tax payer revenues. And we’re not talking about a small 1-2 NL game either, because the total bankroll squandered by one undercover cop posing as a player at these games reportedly was close to $50,000. Where It All Began Our story […]

Eighty Percent Of All Full Tilt Claimants Paid, Says GCG 

Eighty Percent Of All Full Tilt Claimants Paid, Says GCG 

Philip Conneller - April 13th, 2015

The Full Tilt Remissions process is now 80 percent complete, according to the Garden City Group (GCG), the claims administrator appointed by the US government to oversee repayments to victims of the Full Tilt fiasco. Full Tilt Poker was shut down by the US Department of Justice on Black Friday, April 15, 2011, and its […]

PokerStars’ Server Issues Sparks Criticism from Players

PokerStars’ Server Issues Sparks Criticism from Players

Daniel Smyth - April 13th, 2015

The tech wizards at PokerStars have been forced to work some serious magic this weekend after a series of server issues forced the site to suspend many of its games and issue refunds to thousands of players. Despite possessing an exemplary record when it comes to server reliability, PokerStars has been hit by a constant […]

Amaya Employees Under Investigation by Quebec Regulators for Alleged Improper Conduct in PokerStars Buyout

Amaya Employees Under Investigation by Quebec Regulators for Alleged Improper Conduct in PokerStars Buyout

Philip Conneller - April 9th, 2015

Three Amaya gaming employees are being investigated by the Quebec financial regulator Autorité des Marchés Financiers (AMF) for alleged improper conduct in the lead up to the company’s $43.9 billion takeover of PokerStars last year. The AMF was granted approval to confiscate computers and electronic security devices from the three staff members whose names have […]

Borgata Chip Counterfeiter Christian Lusardi Sentenced to Five Years in Prison

Borgata Chip Counterfeiter Christian Lusardi Sentenced to Five Years in Prison

Daniel Smyth - April 8th, 2015

Christian Lusardi, the man caught trying to stuff counterfeit casino chips down the toilet at a New Jersey casino, will now be flushing commodes somewhere slightly less glamorous: Lusardi  has been sentenced to five years in prison for his crimes, and hit with a $1.1 million fine. The 43-year-old, who came to the attention of […]