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.

Nevada Proposes Felony Charges for Unauthorized Gambling Affiliates

Nevada Proposes Felony Charges for Unauthorized Gambling Affiliates

Sean Gibson - January 26th, 2015

Nevada, which is one of three states to allow online gambling activities, has proposed an amendment to its gambling legislation that would make it a felony to profit as an affiliate to unauthorized online sites. Anyone affiliated with a gambling site not holding a vetted Nevada license, if the amendment is added, could be prosecuted […]

Full Tilt Licensing Gaff Message Creates Optimism in New Jersey Nonetheless

Full Tilt Licensing Gaff Message Creates Optimism in New Jersey Nonetheless

Devin O'Connor - January 22nd, 2015

Full Tilt PR man Eric Hollreiser is having a very busy day, it seems. The head of corporate communications for FT’s parent company Rational Group had this to say about a surprising mobile pop-up message that got a lot of New Jersey online poker players pretty excited: “Full Tilt has identified and corrected the cause of […]

Darren Woods Jailed and Fined as Poker Cheat in UK

Darren Woods Jailed and Fined as Poker Cheat in UK

Philip Conneller - January 19th, 2015

Darren Woods, a former World Series of Poker bracelet winner, has been jailed by a UK court for 15 months for fraud for cheating online poker players out of hundreds of thousands of dollars and claiming bogus commissions from his former sponsors, 888.com. Woods, AKA  “Dooshcom” online, has been ordered to pay back £1 million […]

Little League Coach Avoids Jail in Illegal Poker Game Case

Little League Coach Avoids Jail in Illegal Poker Game Case

Sean Gibson - January 17th, 2015

Justin Doyle was one of 15 men arrested in 2011 for taking part in a series of high-stakes illegal poker games in Staten Island, New York. And while the idea of an illegal, underground poker ring brings images of crooked gamblers and mobsters to mind, the group of defendants consisted of several people with admirable […]

Paul Phua Says, “Let Me Play Poker!” As Trial Looms

Paul Phua Says, “Let Me Play Poker!” As Trial Looms

Ed Scimia - January 9th, 2015

Paul Phua and his son Darren are attempting to have a ban that prohibits them from playing poker in casinos lifted ahead of their trial on illegal gambling charges, but federal prosecutors say that the prohibition should stay in place. The Phuas are known for their high-stakes poker play in Macau and Las Vegas, but […]

Phil Ivey Already Topping 2015 Biggest Losers List

Phil Ivey Already Topping 2015 Biggest Losers List

Sean Gibson - January 8th, 2015

Phil Ivey is already among the biggest poker losers in 2015, according to multiple industry reports. His profile in the poker world has gained him a fair share of both notoriety and infamy. Most know that 2014 was a trying year for the pro, as he faced a highly publicized legal battle amid allegations of […]

The Five Craziest Poker Crimes of 2014

The Five Craziest Poker Crimes of 2014

Philip Conneller - December 30th, 2014

Crazy poker crimes were plentiful in 2014. What is it about the actions of short-sighted, half-baked miscreants that captivates our fascination? We’re damned if we know, but, in the words of that great arbiter of good and evil, Sherriff John Bunnell, of The World’s Wildest Police Videos: “For the criminals, cash is for taking, cars are […]

Biggest Poker Scandals of 2014

Biggest Poker Scandals of 2014

Elbert Pruitt - December 24th, 2014

We like to think that this game of ours has come a long way since the days when players were terrorized by cheaters and robbers in smoky back room gambling dens. Yet 2014 had its fair share of shady happenings taking place. In fact, the amount of scandals that hit this year was nothing short […]

Aaron Sorkin Denies Affair With Molly Bloom following Sony Hack

Aaron Sorkin Denies Affair With Molly Bloom following Sony Hack

Ed Scimia - December 17th, 2014

Hollywood screenwriter Aaron Sorkin has been forced to deny rumors he is having an affair with “poker hostess” Molly Bloom, whose book he is currently adapting for the big screen. The speculation has been the result of emails stolen from Sony Pictures by a group of hackers calling themselves The Guardians of Peace, who have […]

Danish Online Poker Market Hit by Accusations of Fraud

Danish Online Poker Market Hit by Accusations of Fraud

Sean Gibson - December 16th, 2014

The Danish online poker market is suffering a serious blow after a poker player in Denmark was accused of committing online fraud. A group of Denmark’s high-stakes online cash game players notified the country’s Economic Crime Department centered in Copenhagen of the suspected fraudulent activity. The group of players named a fellow high-stakes player they […]

Winning Poker Network $1M Guaranteed Tournament Cancelled After Apparent DDoS Attack

Winning Poker Network $1M Guaranteed Tournament Cancelled After Apparent DDoS Attack

Ed Scimia - December 15th, 2014

The Winning Poker Network (WPN) was forced to cancel its $1 million guaranteed prize pool tournament on Sunday, after an apparent distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack caused disruptions and connectivity issues for players participating in the event. While the tournament had been running for several hours, late registration was still open, so all players were refunded […]