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 Player Travell Thomas, Facing Fraud Charges, Claims Bias in Court

Poker Player Travell Thomas, Facing Fraud Charges, Claims Bias in Court

Jon Sofen - August 23rd, 2016

New York poker player Travell Thomas, facing charges of fraud, has claimed he was targeted for being an African-American. Thomas sought to depose legendary US Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara, the man who almost single-handedly brought down illegal online gambling in America back in 2011. In court documents, the poker […]

Could Neymar Olympic Soccer Outburst Affect His PokerStars Deal?

Could Neymar Olympic Soccer Outburst Affect His PokerStars Deal?

Daniel Smyth - August 23rd, 2016

Soccer megastar and PokerStars ambassador Neymar Jr. could be in hot water with his poker sponsor after his 2016 Rio Summer Olympics gold medal celebrations this past weekend got a little too excessive. After scoring the pivotal penalty that sealed the gold for Brazil at the games on Saturday, Neymar joined his teammates for a […]

PokerStars Exiles Sorel Mizzi Globally for VPN Use from America

PokerStars Exiles Sorel Mizzi Globally for VPN Use from America

Jon Sofen - August 22nd, 2016

Online giant PokerStars is still illegal for players in the United States outside of New Jersey. But wherever there’s a stop sign, you can be sure someone will find their way around it, which is exactly what high stakes pro Sorel Mizzi has been about of late. The Canadian often travels south to play in […]

Stockton Strip Poker Mayor Anthony Silva Pleads Not Guilty, Releases Audio from Game

Stockton Strip Poker Mayor Anthony Silva Pleads Not Guilty, Releases Audio from Game

Philip Conneller - August 19th, 2016

The legal team for Anthony Silva, the Stockton, California mayor accused of recording a drunken strip poker game with teenagers at a youth camp last summer, have released audio footage and photos of the alleged incident. Silva, 41, was in court on Thursday to plead not guilty to one felony count of recording confidential communications, […]

EPT Barcelona Kicks Off Another Season of European Poker Action, But Hold Onto Your Wallet

EPT Barcelona Kicks Off Another Season of European Poker Action, But Hold Onto Your Wallet

Daniel Smyth - August 17th, 2016

EPT Barcelona kicked off in Spain on Tuesday, giving Jonesing poker players still going through withdrawal from the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas another hit. The series is the first of the European Poker Tour (EPT) season, now in its 13th year. Taking place in the thriving Spanish city between August 16 and August […]

Phoenix Poker Club Raided, Owners Charged

Phoenix Poker Club Raided, Owners Charged

Philip Conneller - August 16th, 2016

Operators of an illegal poker club in Phoenix, AZ appeared in court this week to face charges including controlling a criminal enterprise and managing and financing gambling. Esho and Ashour Odisho are the owners of Poker Union, a card room raided by police last Thursday following a yearlong investigation that included the use of undercover […]

David Baazov Officially Steps Down from Amaya CEO Role

David Baazov Officially Steps Down from Amaya CEO Role

Philip Conneller - August 15th, 2016

David Baazov has formally resigned as CEO and chairman of PokerStars’ parent Amaya Inc. The news is the latest blip in what has been a painfully long unfolding for the man once hailed as the wunderkind of the online poker world. Baazov, who co-founded Amaya in 2004 and grew it into one of the world’s […]

Strip Poker Game with Minor Lands California Mayor Anthony Silva in Jail

Strip Poker Game with Minor Lands California Mayor Anthony Silva in Jail

Jon Sofen - August 6th, 2016

Strip poker is meant to be a game enjoyed between consenting adults. Anthony Silva, the mayor of Stockton, California, however, allegedly ignored the “adults” part of that equation, and that action has landed him in the pokie in the Golden State. According to investigators, the mayor joined in and even recorded a game of strip […]

Negreanu and Brunson Join the “Is It a High Wave or a Nazi Salute?” Fray

Negreanu and Brunson Join the “Is It a High Wave or a Nazi Salute?” Fray

Daniel Smyth - August 3rd, 2016

To be fair, Todd Brunson has as a caveat on his Twitter feed: “Please don’t follow me if you are easily offended by silly racial or sexist humor.” So you’ve been warned and don’t keep reading if you are easily set off. With this in mind, Daniel Negreanu and Todd Brunson shared a series of […]

Borgata Counterfeit Chip Case Sees Court Shoot Down Plaintiffs’ Appeal

Borgata Counterfeit Chip Case Sees Court Shoot Down Plaintiffs’ Appeal

Chad Holloway - August 2nd, 2016

The legal fallout from the saga of disgraced Borgata chip counterfeiter Christian Lusardi, who in 2014 was arrested for cheating in a poker tournament, has finally come to an end, though not in the way some of the players involved may have hoped. On Monday, an appeals court ruled that the New Jersey Division of […]

California Card Club Lucky Lady Fronted for Illegal Betting Op, Feds Claim

California Card Club Lucky Lady Fronted for Illegal Betting Op, Feds Claim

Philip Conneller - August 1st, 2016

San Diego, California’s Lucky Lady card club was raided by the FBI, as well as the IRS, last week. The poker card room’s owner was charged with racketeering and running an illegal gambling business by the federal agency. Thirteen workers were arrested and charged as a result of the investigation, which alleges the club’s Lucky Lady […]