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.

PokerStars Cancels France Poker Series in Paris Amid Scandal

PokerStars Cancels France Poker Series in Paris Amid Scandal

Philip Conneller - October 30th, 2014

PokerStars shut down the Paris leg of the France Poker Series, due to the closure by French police of the prominent Cercle Cadet poker club. The club was stormed by police two weeks ago, following a 14-month investigation into alleged extortion, embezzlement, money laundering and criminal conspiracy. Fourteen people were arrested, including a former police […]

Paul Phua Sports Betting Raid FBI Tactics Questioned by Legal Team

Paul Phua Sports Betting Raid FBI Tactics Questioned by Legal Team

Ed Scimia - October 29th, 2014

Lawyers for defendants in the Paul Phua sports betting case say that federal agents impersonated repair technicians after turning off Internet access to three Caesars Palace villas in order to collect evidence. The legal team for four of the eight defendants have filed a motion in federal court to dismiss evidence by challenging that practice. […]

Full Tilt Remissions Could Go Unclaimed Before November Deadline

Full Tilt Remissions Could Go Unclaimed Before November Deadline

Philip Conneller - October 28th, 2014

The final phases of the Full Tilt remissions process due US players who have applied for remuneration could see hundreds of thousands of dollars potentially ending up unclaimed. That’s because some players who are still owed money may have supplied incorrect banking or personal information, and with the deadline looming less than a month away […]

Full Tilt Founder Ray Bitar Near Death and Broke, Says Allen Cunningham

Full Tilt Founder Ray Bitar Near Death and Broke, Says Allen Cunningham

Philip Conneller - October 27th, 2014

Ray Bitar, the disgraced former CEO of Full Tilt, is dying and almost broke, according to Allen Cunningham, a former Red Pro player under the old Full Tilt regime. Posting on the TwoPlusTwo forums this week, Cunningham said that Bitar’s heart condition has worsened, meaning that he is “unlikely” to live more than two years. […]

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 […]