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.

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 […]

Cyber Attack Hits Sweden, Sending Poker Offline

Cyber Attack Hits Sweden, Sending Poker Offline

Philip Conneller - December 12th, 2014

A cyber Internet attack that sent online poker, and everything else, offline this week affected all of Sweden, from whence comes this year’s World Series of Poker Main Event champion Martin Jacobson and many other aficionados of the game. Telia, the largest Internet service provider in Sweden, released details of its outage that occurred Tuesday […]

Amaya Gaming Canadian Offices Raided in Securities Trading Probe

Amaya Gaming Canadian Offices Raided in Securities Trading Probe

Philip Conneller - December 12th, 2014

Amaya Gaming’s Quebec offices were raided by Federal Canadian police and provincial financial market regulators on Wednesday as part of an investigation into trading activity in the lead up to the company’s $4.9 billion June acquisition of the Oldford Group, parent company of the Rational Group, which owns PokerStars. Authorities also showed up at Canadian […]

Playboy Dan Bilzerian Arrested on Bomb-Making Charge

Playboy Dan Bilzerian Arrested on Bomb-Making Charge

Ed Scimia - December 11th, 2014

Dan Bilzerian, the poker player, actor, and Instagram star known for his outrageous lifestyle, was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport on Wednesday on charges related to the possession of an “explosive or incendiary device.” The arrest was based on a warrant from Clark County, Nevada, which had been filed on November 13. Bilzerian was […]

Carbon Poker Suspicious Disruption Could Be DDOS Cheat

Carbon Poker Suspicious Disruption Could Be DDOS Cheat

Philip Conneller - December 9th, 2014

Carbon Poker’s recent spate of server disruptions and disconnection issues have sparked fears of a DDOS attacker deliberately disrupting games in order to steal pots. Concerns were raised on the TwoPlusTwo forums following a series of unexplained interruptions over the weekend, which consistently appeared to benefit one player, with the screen name “L4ss3m4jj4n.” According to […]

Paul Phua and Son to Plead Not Guilty in World Cup Betting Case; Feds to Seize Assets

Paul Phua and Son to Plead Not Guilty in World Cup Betting Case; Feds to Seize Assets

Philip Conneller - December 8th, 2014

Malaysian high-stakes poker player Paul Phua and his son Darren are pleading not guilty to charges of operating an illegal World Cup betting ring from a luxury villa inside Caesars Palace this past July. Meanwhile, five other members of the group are all pleading guilty and will stand trial and receive sentencing next week. Among […]

Australian Poker Pro Nicholas Polias Gets “Thief” Defamation Award

Australian Poker Pro Nicholas Polias Gets “Thief” Defamation Award

Philip Conneller - December 3rd, 2014

Australian poker player Nicholas Polias has been awarded AU$340,000 in damages after fellow players called him a “thief” on Facebook. The judge in the case ruled that plaintiff Polias’ reputation had suffered “significant damage” due to the defamatory accusations of four of his former friends on the social media site. The court heard that the […]

Albert Riera Denies Being Fired From Udinese for Playing Poker

Albert Riera Denies Being Fired From Udinese for Playing Poker

Philip Conneller - December 2nd, 2014

Albert Riera, the former Liverpool player, denies he was fired by Italian Serie A club for playing poker this week. It was alleged by some media sources that Riera played truant from Udinese in order to attend a poker tournament in Slovenia. While the rest of his team was engaged in a hard-fought battle against […]

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 […]