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Crazy Gambling Stories From April

From Phil Ivey Lawsuit To Ben Affleck Getting Kicked Out Of Casino


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.

April 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.

Atlantic City Casino Sues Phil Ivey For $9.6 Million, Says Poker Pro Cheated

Poker pro Phil Ivey, widely regarded as the game’s best player, has been sued by an Atlantic City casino, which alleges that he cheated the house out of $9.6 million.

Ivey is accused of spotting manufacturing defects in the cards while playing high-stakes baccarat. The suit also names the manufacturer of the cards, Gemaco Inc. of Blue Springs, Mo. In addition, Ivey’s alleged accomplice, Cheng Yin Sun, is named in the complaint. According to the report, she was Ivey’s companion on his trips and gave instructions to the dealer.

Ben Affleck Caught Card Counting In Las Vegas Casino

While on a Las Vegas vacation with his wife, actress Jennifer Garner, Hollywood actor Ben Affleck was caught counting cards at a blackjack table at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and asked to leave the property.

The 41-year-old part-time poker player, who won the 2004 California State Poker Championship for $356,400, was caught using “perfect basic” strategy and “moving his money with the count,” according to an alert submitted by the Surveillance Information Network.

Poker Player Gets Five Years In Prison

According to a press release from the FBI, World Poker Tour champion Vadim Trincher was sentenced on Wednesday to five years in prison “for participating in a racketeering conspiracy” in connection with a “Russian-American organized crime enterprise.”

A co-defendant, Anatoly Golubchik, was also sentenced to five years for his involvement.

Trincher pleaded guilty late last year to participation in an illegal sports betting operation that catered to wealthy bettors in the U.S. and Europe. According to reports, Trincher’s business typically dealt with soccer matches.

Poker Player Dan Bilzerian Throws Porn Star Off Roof Into Pool, And She Breaks Her Foot

High-stakes poker player and Instagram celebrity Dan Bilzerian was recently doing a shoot for Hustler magazine and decide it would be cool to throw 19-year-old porn star Janice Griffith, who was a model in the shoot, off a roof and into a pool, TMZ reported.

Bilzerian didn’t quite throw her far enough, as the less-than-100-pound Griffith smashed her foot on the side of the pool, and reportedly she broke it.

UK Court Rules That Poker Player Doesn’t Have To Pay Child Support

A professional poker player in the United Kingdom, who doesn’t want to pay child support, just recently saw a judge rule in his favor.

The judge felt that his poker winnings were not from “gainful employment” and thus didn’t meet the regulations governing the payment of child support, the BBC reported.

The dispute between Tony Hakki and his former partner has been ongoing for more than four years.

George Clooney Calls Steve Wynn ‘An Asshole’ To His Face While Having Dinner At Wynn’s Hotel

Fighting with Steve Wynn in his own casino probably isn’t too great of an idea.

The billionaire casino boss and actor George Clooney had dinner a couple of weeks ago to discuss some business, but the evening reportedly ended in a heated exchange.

According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the two men were talking about politics and got into it after Wynn, Clooney said, criticized President Obama and his policies. Wynn is known for being a staunch Republican, while Clooney is a Democrat.

Nevada Removes Gambler From Casino ‘Black Book’

Roderick William Dee II, who was added to Nevada’s infamous “Black Book” last year, was removed last week by gaming regulars. He died on Dec. 30.

Dee was known for cheating at slot machines.

According to the Las Vegas Sun, Dee had four felony convictions for slot machine incidents, three in Nevada and one in Missouri. Two incidents occurred in Nevada casinos and the third occurred in a Las Vegas convenience store. He used a device that would trick a slot machine into producing a jackpot or adding credits. He reportedly received tens of thousands of dollars, illegally.

Game Of Bingo Carries On As Paramedics Try To Save Player Who Had A Heart Attack

A bingo game in the United Kingdom continued despite one of the players collapsing from a heart attack, according to the Burton Mail.

Two nurses who were also playing rushed to the man’s side to help. Paramedics eventually arrived and were trying to save his life. Still, numbers were being called.

Drugmakers Posed As Poker Players In Botched Attempt To Flee Australia

Three men from Canada posed as poker players in a tournament at the Crown Casino in Melbourne, Australia as part of a botched effort to set up a “local drug laboratory for a sophisticated international syndicate,” the Herald Sun reported.

The men have pleaded guilty to the crime of conspiring to manufacture a commercial quantity of drugs and are awaiting sentencing.

Pennsylvania Man Mistakenly Throws Away $1.25 Million In Winning Lottery Tickets

Sometimes when you win the lottery you actually lose.

A Pennsylvania man mistakenly threw away $1.25 million worth of winning lottery tickets, and that money will stay with the state, according to a report from the York Daily Record.

The tickets were bought by a lottery regular in 2013, and many months went by before the Pennsylvania Lottery made a public announcement that the winner had until Mar. 13 of this year to cash all 25 of them in. However, no one did.