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.

Lock Poker Balances Probably Have Vanished, Says Former Employee

Lock Poker Balances Probably Have Vanished, Says Former Employee

Philip Conneller - February 24th, 2015

Shane Bridges, a former spokesperson for disgraced online poker site Lock, has opened up about a culture of mismanagement and excess within the company. In an interview with Pokerfuse this week, Bridges also said that he feels it’s now unlikely that Lock’s players will be reunited with their funds. It’s estimated that the offshore, unregulated […]

Bryan Micon’s Home Raided at Gunpoint

Bryan Micon’s Home Raided at Gunpoint

Philip Conneller - February 23rd, 2015

Bryan Micon, poker player and chairman of the suddenly defunct Seals With Clubs bitcoin poker site, was arrested at gunpoint the day the Seals With Clubs website first went offline. According to Micon, who is now in Antigua, on February 11 at 8am, the door of his Nevada home was broken down by a team […]

Seals with Clubs Bitcoin-Only Poker Site Flatlines Amid Security Concerns

Seals with Clubs Bitcoin-Only Poker Site Flatlines Amid Security Concerns

Devin O'Connor - February 20th, 2015

Seals with Clubs (SWC), the Bitcoin-only poker site, has announced its closure. Following a week of being offline, a notice was posted on the website explaining its decision to cease operations. “On approximately February 11th, 2015, several events occurred related to operational security that we consider to indicate Seals With Clubs now operates in a perpetual […]

Paul Phua Prosecutors Seek to Have Banned Evidence Reinstated 

Paul Phua Prosecutors Seek to Have Banned Evidence Reinstated 

Devin O'Connor - February 19th, 2015

Paul Phua isn’t off the hook just yet. Federal prosecutors in Nevada are asking US District Judge Andrew Gordon to reconsider Magistrate Judge Peggy Leen’s conclusion to prohibit evidence obtained through questionable FBI tactics last July. On suspicion that Phua was operating an illegal sports betting ring, agents shut off the Internet to his Las […]

Bwin-party Shares Plummet Amid Rumors of Aborted Takeover Talks

Bwin-party Shares Plummet Amid Rumors of Aborted Takeover Talks

Philip Conneller - February 16th, 2015

Bwin-party’s Friday the 13th proved to be a real horror story, as the company’s shares nosedived by almost 20 percent. The major dip was fueled, apparently, by market chatter that its acquisition talks with a mystery buyer had broken down. Bwin-party was forced to confirm speculation that it was in negotiations to sell some or […]

Russia Looks to Block Anonymous Internet Access to Blacklist Sites, PokerStars

Russia Looks to Block Anonymous Internet Access to Blacklist Sites, PokerStars

Devin O'Connor - February 10th, 2015

Russia announced this week it will seek ways to prevent anonymous Internet surfing in order to close off citizens from accessing websites entered on its federal blacklist. Speaking at Infoforum 2015, the country’s annual technology and security conference, Russian Information Policy and Communications Chairman Leonid Levin said Parliament should block anonymous web browsing, thus inhibiting […]

Brian Rast Wins, Then Loses, Six Figures in a Matter of Minutes at Aussie Millions

Brian Rast Wins, Then Loses, Six Figures in a Matter of Minutes at Aussie Millions

Sean Gibson - February 9th, 2015

Brian Rast had a really, really good, and then a really, really bad day at the recent Aussie Millions. Rast is a well-known, well-liked, and accomplished tournament poker player. At the Aussie Millions, he was able to win a major tournament at Melbourne’s Crown Casino, and won $315,000 in the process. But shortly after winning […]

Bilzerian Spared Jail, Dodges Bomb Making Charges

Bilzerian Spared Jail, Dodges Bomb Making Charges

Philip Conneller - February 9th, 2015

Dan Bilzerian, the bad boy poker player and “King of Instagram,” has escaped jail time following his arrest on bomb making charges late last year. Bilzerian instead agreed to a plea bargain which will see him deliver a repentant public service announcement on behalf of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), presumably on the follies […]

Study Proves Snorting Coke and Watching Porn is Bad

Study Proves Snorting Coke and Watching Porn is Bad

Sean Gibson - February 7th, 2015

In multiple research studies it has been concluded that both cocaine and pornography can likely lead to reduced decision-making abilities. This, according to medical researchers, is groundbreaking evidence about the perils of cocaine usage and pornography viewing. A medical research director at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine went on the record to state […]

Erick Lindgren Owes PokerStars $2.5M, Rational Group Claims in Lawsuit

Erick Lindgren Owes PokerStars $2.5M, Rational Group Claims in Lawsuit

Ed Scimia - February 5th, 2015

Former Full Tilt poker pro Erick Lindgren is being sued by the Rational Group, parent company of both PokerStars and Full Tilt, for more than $2.5 million, as the company is hoping to recoup a debt that goes back to the days when Full Tilt Poker was an independent poker room, before Black Friday. The […]

Paul Phua Case: Judge Dismisses FBI Evidence

Paul Phua Case: Judge Dismisses FBI Evidence

Philip Conneller - February 3rd, 2015

Paul Phua has been dealt aces in his bid to escape a stiff sentence for his role in the Caesars Palace World Cup betting ring. Following a four-day hearing, US Magistrate Judge Peggy Lean has recommended that the majority of evidence gathered by the FBI during an undercover surveillance operation should be dismissed. FBI agents […]