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.

Darren Woods on Trial in UK as Alleged Online Poker Cheat

Darren Woods on Trial in UK as Alleged Online Poker Cheat

Philip Conneller - October 21st, 2014

UK poker player Darren Woods, the former 888.com sponsored pro and 2011 WSOP bracelet winner, is currently on trial in Sheffield Crown Court, facing 12 charges of fraud. The charges relate to his online poker activity on multiple accounts between 2007 and 2012. His father, Morteza Gharoon, was also charged with participation on four counts […]

Cercle Cadet Poker Club in Paris Is Second Police Raid This Month

Cercle Cadet Poker Club in Paris Is Second Police Raid This Month

Philip Conneller - October 15th, 2014

The Cercle Cadet poker club in Paris, formerly the Concorde Club, was raided by the French National Judicial Police this week. Fourteen people were taken into custody in the wee hours of Tuesday, including Cercle Cadet’s president, Serge Kasparian, and other members of the club’s management. In seems that while France’s online poker market spirals […]

Armed California Casino Raid Leads to Court-Ordered Shutdown

Armed California Casino Raid Leads to Court-Ordered Shutdown

Philip Conneller - October 14th, 2014

An armed California casino raid in the central part of the state led to a shutdown of the tribal casino by a federal judge this week. But this wasn’t your typical casino robbery situation by any means. The closure of the Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino in Coarsegold, California occurred following a bizarre armed standoff […]

Phil Ivey Edged Out in Crockfords Lawsuit

Phil Ivey Edged Out in Crockfords Lawsuit

Ed Scimia - October 8th, 2014

Phil Ivey has lost his case against Crockfords Casino, as the High Court in London ruled that Ivey’s edge sorting techniques are cheating as defined under civil law. The ruling, by Judge John Mitting, found that the casino was justified in withholding Ivey’s winnings. “He gave himself an advantage which the game precludes,” Judge Mitting […]

Phil Ivey Allows Interview as Crockfords Court Case Starts

Phil Ivey Allows Interview as Crockfords Court Case Starts

Sean Gibson - October 3rd, 2014

Phil Ivey will appear on 60 Minutes Sports on Showtime this week to show a side of him that the world and many poker fans have yet to see. On October 7, 60 Minutes Sports will air an interview CBS reporter James Brown conducted with Phil Ivey on Showtime. In anticipation of the interview’s premier, […]

Tournament Director Matt Savage Gets Paid Epic Settlement

Tournament Director Matt Savage Gets Paid Epic Settlement

Philip Conneller - October 2nd, 2014

Matt Savage, tournament director of the former Epic Poker League (EPL), has received a payment from the league’s parent company, Federated Sports + Gaming, suggesting perhaps that those involved with the unhappy company are attempting to make amends with its legion of creditors. Federated Sports + Gaming filed for bankruptcy in 2012 with $5 million […]

Black Friday Architect Preet Bharara Possible New US AG

Black Friday Architect Preet Bharara Possible New US AG

Philip Conneller - September 30th, 2014

Will Preet Bharara join the race for US Attorney General following Eric Holder’s recently announced resignation? Bharara, the current US Attorney for the Southern District of New York, was the infamous mastermind behind poker’s Black Friday and the decision to aggressively prosecute the online poker industry in America in 2011. It was Bharara who said […]

Everleaf Director Charged with Misappropriating Funds

Everleaf Director Charged with Misappropriating Funds

Sean Gibson - September 22nd, 2014

Everleaf Gaming Director Michael Zwi Oros has been arrested and charged with misappropriating player funds in a Maltese court. The Everleaf Network, although no longer in operation, was based out of Malta, and was plagued with issues surrounding player funds, as many poker players claimed to have waited up to six months for funds, if they […]

Ultimate Gaming Quits New Jersey Online Poker Abruptly

Ultimate Gaming Quits New Jersey Online Poker Abruptly

Philip Conneller - September 22nd, 2014

Ultimate Gaming dramatically left the New Jersey online gambling market over the weekend, while accusing its land-based partner, the Trump Taj Mahal, of “multiple contract breaches.” The company ceased operations at 11:59 EDT on Sunday night, just two days after it announced its intention to quit the state. A statement on the Ultimate Poker website […]

Ted Forrest, Mike Matusow Twitter Wrestle Over Prop Bet

Ted Forrest, Mike Matusow Twitter Wrestle Over Prop Bet

Ed Scimia - September 19th, 2014

Ted Forrest, Mike Matusow and some other well-known pros are finalists for the 2014 class of the Poker Hall of Fame. Forrest and Matusow, both successful poker players with plenty of television exposure, are of course popular among serious poker players and casual fans alike. But they might be best known for their roles in […]

Lock Poker Traffic Up, Even After Warnings of Insolvency

Lock Poker Traffic Up, Even After Warnings of Insolvency

Philip Conneller - September 13th, 2014

Lock Poker’s cash game traffic rose 14 percent over the past month, according to industry observer PokerScout.com, despite warnings that the increasingly mistrusted site should be avoided. While the regulated American markets seem to be slowly recovering from a summer slump, the offshore market appears to be enjoying a mini-resurgence too, which could be concerning […]