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Man Sentenced For Running High-Stakes Poker Games In Brooklyn

Games Said To Have Featured $150K 'Wagers'

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A federal judge on Monday sentenced an organizer of underground Brooklyn poker games to a year in prison.

Per the New York Daily News, 33-year-old Isok Aronov received the sentence in Brooklyn’s federal court. He was among nine people charged in November 2016. Other crimes from the indictment included racketeering, extortion, loansharking and drug trafficking. The Department of Justice said it was an “Eastern European organized crime syndicate.”

Aronov was said to have used threats of violence to recover debts incurred from the underground poker games, which the feds said “involve[d] wagers totaling as much as $150,000.” The phrasing implies that stack sizes were in the six-figure range.

Aronov was facing up to 20 years in prison for his involvement in the syndicate.

In a separate indictment that came forward in August, several of the aforementioned nine men were charged with torching a building last year that was hosting a rival poker game.