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.

Matt Glantz Briefly Blocked by Jack Effel after WSOP Criticisms

Matt Glantz Briefly Blocked by Jack Effel after WSOP Criticisms

Ed Scimia - July 22nd, 2015

Matt Glantz has never been shy about sharing his opinions on how things could be improved in the game of poker, including at the World Series of Poker. That outspoken nature seemed to be a little too much for one WSOP official to handle, though there’s no need to panic: it seems that all has […]

Poker Players Can Sue Iowa Cops for Bankroll Confiscation at Traffic Stop

Poker Players Can Sue Iowa Cops for Bankroll Confiscation at Traffic Stop

Philip Conneller - July 17th, 2015

Some Iowa cops may be in hot water after a judge’s ruling. Two poker players are free to sue the Iowa police officers after the players’ bankrolls were confiscated during a warrantless search, per US District Judge James Gritzner. Gritzner refused to dismiss the lawsuit against state troopers Justin Simmons and Eric VanderWiel, who, claims the […]

Christian Lusardi, Alleged Borgata Chip Counterfeiter, Indicted at Last

Christian Lusardi, Alleged Borgata Chip Counterfeiter, Indicted at Last

Daniel Smyth - July 9th, 2015

Christian Lusardi, the infamous alleged Borgata chip counterfeiter, was officially indicted by a grand jury in New Jersey on Wednesday. The North Carolina native was arrested on January 24, 2014, after the Borgata in Atlantic City reported the incident. Police later found a stash of fake chips clogging pipes that led to Lusardi’s room toilet […]

New Jersey Online Gaming Sites Hit by DDoS Attacks

New Jersey Online Gaming Sites Hit by DDoS Attacks

Philip Conneller - July 7th, 2015

Online gaming sites in New Jersey were rocked by a wave of distributed denial of service attacks (DDoS) last week, according to the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE). At least four sites were knocked offline for around half an hour by the cyberattacks, David Rebuck, DGE director, said, although he declined to name […]

Feds Decide Not to Push Back Against Paul Phua Case Dismissal

Feds Decide Not to Push Back Against Paul Phua Case Dismissal

Daniel Smyth - July 3rd, 2015

Paul Phua, the high stakes poker player and multimillionaire businessman from Malaysia, is finally in the clear after federal prosecutors decided not to contest a recent decision by US District Judge Andrew Gordon in Las Vegas. On June 2, 2015, Judge Gordon ruled that the bulk of the FBI’s evidence gathered during a July 2014 […]

Brian Hastings Allegedly Used VPN To Play On PokerStars In America

Brian Hastings Allegedly Used VPN To Play On PokerStars In America

Daniel Smyth - June 27th, 2015

Brian Hastings, the high-stakes US poker pro who took down two WSOP bracelets this month, has allegedly been playing on PokerStars in the US. Hastings is accused of playing on an account under the name “NoelHayes” (an actual living player, from Ireland), with several big-name online pros verifying that Hastings did indeed play on ‘Stars. Although […]

Bryan Micon Plea Deal Could Mean Probation and $25K Fine Only for Former Seals with Clubs Chairman

Bryan Micon Plea Deal Could Mean Probation and $25K Fine Only for Former Seals with Clubs Chairman

Philip Conneller - June 26th, 2015

Many might have wondered why Bryan Micon, whose Bitcoin-only poker site Seals with Clubs (SwC) had been under legal scrutiny along with the man himself, would voluntarily return to the US this week to face the court on his sole legal charge. The answer came yesterday, as an extremely lenient sentence now hovers over the […]

Former SWC Chairman Bryan Micon Returning to Las Vegas to Face NGC Charge

Former SWC Chairman Bryan Micon Returning to Las Vegas to Face NGC Charge

Philip Conneller - June 22nd, 2015

Bryan Micon, the poker player and former chairman of Bitcoin online poker site Seals with Clubs, is expected to return to the US this week to face a charge of operating an unlicensed interactive gaming system. Micon will have celebrity criminal defense attorney David Chesnoff as his legal counsel. Last week a judge recalled the […]

Erick Lindgren Files for Bankruptcy In Face Of PokerStars Lawsuit

Erick Lindgren Files for Bankruptcy In Face Of PokerStars Lawsuit

Philip Conneller - June 18th, 2015

Erick Lindgren has filed for bankruptcy for the second time in three years, according to Bloomberg. Earlier this year it emerged that the player was being sued by PokerStars for $2.5 million in relation to payment that was made to him in error by the former Full Tilt regime. In total, various creditors are owed […]

Deaf Poker Champion Killed in Drugs Deal Gone Wrong 

Deaf Poker Champion Killed in Drugs Deal Gone Wrong 

Philip Conneller - June 13th, 2015

A man shot dead in his car in Las Vegas last month was three-time Deaf Poker Champion, Jonathan Cyril Collins, according to court documents made public this week. Collins, 39, of Lake Crystal, Minnesota, was killed in a parking lot a few blocks east of the Strip as he attempted to buy 10 lbs. of […]

Microchips And Cards Cause Concern At WSOP

Microchips And Cards Cause Concern At WSOP

Daniel Smyth - June 11th, 2015

Following allegations of cheating during the recent World Series of Poker (WSOP) $10,000 Heads-Up Championship, a recent discovery has prompted fears that microchips and Smartphones may be creeping into the game. According to a recent report by Pokernews, a Dutch website called Gambleromania.com has been advertising a card chipping service as well as pre-chipped cards […]


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