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Poker Player Illya Trincher Gets Six Months In Prison

Trincher Also Ordered To Forfeit About $6.4 Million


Poker player Illya Trincher has received prison time for his role in an illegal gambling operation with alleged links to Russian organized crime.

According to a FBI press release, Trincher was sentenced Thursday in Manhattan federal court to six months in prison followed by six months of home confinement “in connection with his leadership role” in the operation of a high-stakes illegal sports gambling business. Trincher was also ordered to forfeit about $6.4 million.

Trincher helped operate and lead a nationwide illegal gambling business in New York City and Los Angeles that catered primarily to wealthy clients.

The FBI said that as part of this business the organization ran a high-stakes, illegal sportsbook that booked bets that were sometimes a million dollars on a single sporting event.

Trincher pleaded guilty to gambling charges on Nov. 15, 2013.

The indictment, which targeted dozens of individuals, has resulted in 29 guilty pleas so far. Two have entered into deferred prosecution agreements.

Eugene Trincher, Illya’s brother, also pleaded guilty in November and is scheduled to be sentenced on June 9. World Poker Tour champion Vadim Trincher, the father of Illya and Eugene, was sentenced to five months in prison late last month.

For a full list of those who have pleaded guilty, check out the press release.