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Crazy Gambling Stories From September

From Fixed NBA Games To A Rabbi Addicted To Video Poker


The gambling world can sometimes produce really off-the-wall stories. Every month there are plenty of cases of individuals going to extreme lengths to pay back debts, or of simply bizarre behavior at casino properties around the globe. It can be entertaining and sometimes sad. So, sometimes it feels like it would be safe to be gambling on the end of the world.

September was no exception, as there was plenty that happened in the casino world.

Here’s a look at some of the most colorful and noteworthy from the month that was.

Philippine Journalist Who Recently Covered Illegal Gambling Killed

A Philippine newspaper editor who recently wrote about illegal gambling has been killed, the second journalist slain in the country in a week, police said.

Vergel Bico was shot twice in the head as he was driving his motorcycle in Calapan City in Mindoro Oriental province, said local police chief D’Artagnan Katalbas. The gunman fled on a motorcycle, which was driven by another man.

Accused Cheater Said He Went To Casino To Raise Bond Money

A 54-year-old New Jersey man accused of cheating with marked cards told detectives he came to Mohegan Sun to raise bond money for his anticipated cheating arrest in the state of Louisiana.

New York Knicks Players Fixed Games For Their Gambling Drug Dealers

A new book has made shocking new claims that ‘coked-up’ members of the New York Knicks’ 1981-1982 team fixed games for their drug dealer, who bet thousands of dollars on the team in the midst of their terrible season.

Brian Tuohy’s new book, Larceny Games: Sports Gambling, Game Fixing and the FBI, cites FBI sources who said they investigated whether three members of the team — who were said to be ‘heavy users of cocaine’ — were involved in a point-shaving scheme to benefit their supplier, who is identified only as ‘one of the largest dealers on the East Coast.’

While Colleagues Debate War, John McCain Plays Poker On iPhone

While the ruling class on Capitol Hill weighed its options on whether to oblige the military-industrial complex and commit to its next war in some country that most of the American public knows little to nothing about under the guise of U.S. morality, Sen. John McCain took a break to play poker on his iPhone.

The photo, captured by a photographer Melina Mara at The Washington Post, has made its rounds on the Internet, generating much criticism. However, the elected official from Arizona was unapologetic about the whole thing.

Video Poker Royal Flush Results In Unearthing Of Rabbi’s Gambling Addiction

Prominent Chicago Rabbi Michael Sternfield recently had his house of cards come crashing down. The rabbi reportedly hit a royal flush on a gambling machine for $10,000, but was busted by the Indiana casino’s staff after it was determined that he had previously self-excluded himself from gambling. He was charged with trespassing and identity deception, but those charges were later dismissed.

Police: ‘Invisible Ink’ Helped Man Cheat At Poker

A New Jersey gambler was busted for allegedly cheating at the Mohegan Sun. His method according to the police: marking the cards with a ink-like substance that could only be seen with special contact lenses.

Fifty-nine-year-old Bruce Koloshi, who hails from Summit, New Jersey, also allegedly used the tactic in a game of stud at a casino in Louisiana in August. Koloshi has been caught cheating before in Las Vegas, Reno and in the state of Iowa.

The Day reported that after his most recent arrest in Connecticut he gave authorities a fake name, though his fingerprints eventually revealed to the cops his real name.

Britney Spears May Lip-Sync Her Way Through Two-Year Las Vegas Gig

Britney Spears may be taking fans for a ride when she kicks off her residency in Las Vegas at the end of the year. The pop star announced on ABC’s “Good Morning America” that she’ll do a two-year stint at Sin City’s Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino, starting Dec. 27. Sources said it’s possible that Spears may be phoning in the “Britney: Piece of Me” shows, in which she plans on performing 21 of her greatest hits over about 90 minutes.

TSA Employees Fired After Airport Gambling Bust

Dozens of Transportation Security Administration employees have been disciplined in some fashion after it was discovered that they had been involved with an intra-office gambling ring at Pittsburgh International Airport.

It reportedly wasn’t an innocuous March Madness pool that got them in trouble. Some allegedly profited from the gambling, which took place exclusively on sports.

Five employees were recommended for termination, 47 for suspension and 10 given letters of reprimand. They all can appeal their respective cases.

MGM Resorts Ordered To Pay Damages Of $325,000, Reinstate Whistle-Blower

MGM Resorts International was ordered to pay damages of $325,000 by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration and to immediately reinstate a whistle-blower who worked at the company’s Signature at MGM Grand condominiums.

Mike Matusow Gets Massively Slowrolled By Shaun Deeb

One of poker’s unwritten rules is never slowroll your opponent. It’s just bad etiquette and detrimental to the health of the game. However, that doesn’t mean it isn’t sometimes hilarious.

In a recent $25-$50 no-limit hold’em cash game as part of Poker Night in America, poker pros Mike Matusow and Shaun Deeb were tangled up in a pot. Matusow held jacks while Deeb held fives. The flop gave Deeb quads, and when Matusow shoved his short stack in on the turn, Deeb astonishingly asked for a count. He thought about it for a little bit before calling.

Poker Legend Arrested For Cheating At Blackjack

Legendary Las Vegas gambler Archie Karas has been arrested for allegedly cheating at blackjack in a Southern California Indian casino. The arrested happened in Nevada, and Karas was being held without bail while waiting for an extradition hearing.

Karas’ trouble with gaming authorities isn’t anything new, however. According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Nevada gaming agents have arrested Karas four times since 1988 for allegedly cheating at Silver State gambling joints.

High-Ranking U.S. Military Official Under Investigation For Counterfeit Poker Chips

A high-ranking U.S. military official is currently being looked at by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation for possibly using counterfeit poker chips.

According to the New York Times, Vice Adm. Timothy Giardina, who is second in command at the United States Strategic Command, was gambling at Horseshoe Casino in Council Bluffs when the alleged misconduct took place. Iowa officials were first tipped off in June.

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