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.

Poker Scandal Nuclear Commander Had DNA Link to Fake Chips

Poker Scandal Nuclear Commander Had DNA Link to Fake Chips

Philip Conneller - November 25th, 2014

Rear Admiral Timothy Giardina, who was fired from his position as number-two commander of US nuclear forces after he became embroiled in a poker cheating scandal, may have constructed the offending counterfeit chips, according to new revelations. Giardina, as we reported at the time, was sacked in October 2013 for his questionable gambling habits, although […]

Molly Bloom Poker Book Adapted by Aaron Sorkin for Film Treatment

Molly Bloom Poker Book Adapted by Aaron Sorkin for Film Treatment

Sean Gibson - November 18th, 2014

Molly Bloom’s book about her glamorous underground Hollywood high-stakes poker games is being adapted for film by Oscar-winning script writer Aaron Sorkin, himself famous for movies such as “A Few Good Men,” “The American President,” and “Malice,” to name but a few of his prestigious credits for film and TV. Sorkin is adapting the saga […]

Jose Canseco Gives Poker Tournament the Finger

Jose Canseco Gives Poker Tournament the Finger

Philip Conneller - November 17th, 2014

For Jose Canseco, it was probably as bad a hand as he’s ever had at a poker table this week, considering it cost him a finger. No, he didn’t renege on a mob loan; Canseco had reportedly blown the offending digit off last month when his handgun accidentally discharged as he was cleaning it at his […]

Daniel Colman Retracts Phil Hellmuth Rant, Sort Of

Daniel Colman Retracts Phil Hellmuth Rant, Sort Of

Philip Conneller - November 17th, 2014

If only Daniel Colman’s social graces were as good as his poker skills. As it is, it seems Colman is pretty hot-headed, but apparently he’s had the weekend to reconsider some scathing comments he made late last week about Phil Hellmuth. Colman seems to have softened his stance towards Hellmuth a tad, following his recent […]

Biggest Loser Archie Karas Lands Probation for Card Marking

Biggest Loser Archie Karas Lands Probation for Card Marking

Devin O'Connor - November 16th, 2014

Archie Karas, one of Las Vegas’ most legendary winners and losers, has beaten the system yet again. Card Marking Scandal Back in July 2013, the 63-year-old who 20+ years ago beat Sin City out of millions only to quickly lose it all back again sat down at a blackjack table at the Barona Casino in […]

PokerStars Rake Protests Have Doubtful Impact

PokerStars Rake Protests Have Doubtful Impact

Ed Scimia - November 13th, 2014

PokerStars rake restructuring has received a lot of heat from players over the recent increases in many of the site’s games. Perhaps, then, it was inevitable that a backlash in the form of protests from regulars would inundate the site. At least three such protests have been organized so far in November, though their results […]

Howard Lederer Appearance at Negreanu PHOF Induction Causes Stir

Howard Lederer Appearance at Negreanu PHOF Induction Causes Stir

Philip Conneller - November 11th, 2014

Howard Lederer’s appearance at Daniel Negreanu’s Poker Hall of Fame (PHOF) induction ceremony earlier this week was sort of reminiscent of Maleficent’s showing at Sleeping Beauty’s christening: startling, slightly disturbing, and curious. Negreanu and Jack McClelland were inducted into the PHOF ceremony at Binions Horseshoe on Monday night, but while they winked for the cameras […]

Second Everleaf Gaming Exec Jean Pavili Arrested in Malta, as Players Hope for Payment

Second Everleaf Gaming Exec Jean Pavili Arrested in Malta, as Players Hope for Payment

Philip Conneller - November 10th, 2014

A second director of Everleaf Gaming, Jean Pavili, has been arrested and charged in connection with the rogue poker network that closed in 2012 , taking with it hundreds of thousands of dollars in US players’ funds. Austrian national Pavili was seized by police in Malta at the end of last week. Pavili was charged […]

Silk Road 2.0 Suspect Confesses Following Arrest

Silk Road 2.0 Suspect Confesses Following Arrest

Sean Gibson - November 10th, 2014

Blake Benthall, the man accused of operating the self-proclaimed Silk Road 2.0 website, was arrested by the FBI and has allegedly confessed to all wrongdoing. Those who have followed the Bitcoin currency might remember that the original Silk Road website was billed as one of the first Bitcoin gambling sites. The truth was, the site […]

Paul Phua Caesars Villa Not Illegal Wire Room, Says Defense Counsel

Paul Phua Caesars Villa Not Illegal Wire Room, Says Defense Counsel

Philip Conneller - November 4th, 2014

Poker player Paul Phua’s dramatic court evidence in the alleged illegal Caesars sports betting case took another twist this week. Documents submitted to the court revealed that Phua’s luxury rented villa at the casino was not being used as a wire room to process illegal World Cup wagers, as was previously alleged by investigators. The […]

PokerStars Rake Adjustments Pre-Date Amaya, Says Daniel Negreanu

PokerStars Rake Adjustments Pre-Date Amaya, Says Daniel Negreanu

Philip Conneller - November 3rd, 2014

Love Daniel Negreanu or hate him: the legendary poker star cannot be faulted for expressing his not-always-popular opinions. And his most recent forum flap over PokerStars’ latest rake and other increases and cutbacks is no exception. “Petition for Daniel Negreanu to quit PokerStars,” bellowed an inflammatory post in the TwoPlusTwo forums this week. “It’s his […]