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Crazy Gambling Stories From October

From Phil Ivey 'Cheating' To Iowa Cops Stealing From Pair Of Poker Players


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.

October 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.

Casino Heist Remains Unsolved 22 Years Later

Just recently was the 22nd anniversary of an infamous Las Vegas heist that to this day remains unsolved, reported. In 1992, Bill Brennan, an employee at the no-longer-existing Stardust Hotel and Casino allegedly walked out of the casino with half-a-million dollars in chips and cash. Brennan worked as a cashier at the casino’s sports book.

He hasn’t been seen since.

New Jersey Busts Alleged Mob-Run Gambling Ring

Authorities in the state of New Jersey said they have busted a lucrative mob-run sports gambling ring. In total, 11 alleged members and associates of the Genovese crime family have been charged with “reaping millions in criminal profits” in New Jersey through loansharking, illegal check cashing, gambling and money laundering.

Doug Polk Calls Out Daniel Negreanu For Insulting High-Stakes Poker Community

Daniel Negreanu made poker headlines by Tweeting that he would be a winning player at the $25-$50 six-max no-limit hold’em games online, given two weeks of practice and study time. Negreanu was so confident, he was willing to bet $1 million on it. Polk, along with other high-stakes players such as Dan Colman, Ben Sulsky, Ryan Fee, Brian Hastings, and others were interested in betting against Negreanu, but neither side has yet to agree to the right terms.

Gambler On Tilt Makes Comment About Ebola At Cleveland Casino, Faces Felony Charge

Authorities in Cleveland are likely going to charge an elderly man with a felony after he apparently made a comment at the Horseshoe Casino Cleveland about his wife possibly having had contact with Ebola, according to The man reportedly was disgruntled after having a bad night gambling. Police said he will likely face a felony charge for “inducing panic.”

Poker Players Cope With ‘Highway Robbery’ By Cop

Poker players William “Bart” Davis and John Newmer­zhycky were driving through Iowa with out-of-state plates, which they said was the reason why they were pulled over by law enforcement that Davis and Newmer­zhycky said were “100 percent on the money hunt.”

A total of $100,000 was seized from them, as law enforcement in both Iowa and California tried to hit them with drug-related charges after finding a small amount of marijuana in their rental car and marijuana in their California homes.

Casino Thief Feels Remorse, Hugs And Kisses Employees Before Leaving

A man who robbed a casino in Guam apparently felt so bad for the employees he was holding up at gunpoint that he gave them hugs and kisses before he left with $5,000. According to the Associated Press, the robber was wearing a camouflage baseball cap on top of a black ski-mask and abruptly entered the Lucky Land gambling room with a silver handgun.

Judge: Poker Pro Phil Ivey Cheated At Casino

The cards did not fall Phil Ivey’s way in October. A judge presiding over his lawsuit against a London casino for withholding his $12.4 million in winnings he accumulated playing a high-stakes table game in 2012 said that the 10-time WSOP bracelet winner did in fact cheat the casino.

Two Men Get Jail Time For Running Poker Room Posing As Women’s Health Club

Two men have received prison sentences for operating what authorities claim was an illegal poker room in the back of a women’s health club that was used as a cover for the operation. The club was located in Runnemede, New Jersey.

According to the Courier-Post, a judge gave a 364-day jail term to Ryan Dion, 33, and a 270-day term to Thomas Rand, 43. Both men had pleaded guilty.

Michael Phelps Was Gambling At Maryland Casino Right Before Getting DUI

It’s no secret that Olympic champion swimmer Michael Phelps is into poker and enjoys spending time in casinos. He is friends with some poker pros, including Antonio Esfandiari. According to TMZ, Phelps, who was hit with his second lifetime DUI, was playing cards at Horseshoe Casino Baltimore shortly before getting pulled over.

Gambler Claims Maryland Live! Casino Staff Assaulted Him After He Counted Cards

A 23-year-old gambler says he was assaulted by security after the casino caught wind of him counting cards at a blackjack table in February, according to WJZ.

Public documents show that attorneys allege that the assault occurred when a security guard grabbed his arm and escorted him off the casino floor. The state has decided not to pursue criminal charges from the alleged assault.

Lawyers For Poker Player Claim Illegal Search

Lawyers for the defendants in this summer’s alleged illegal gambling bust that implicated high-stakes poker player Paul Phua are arguing that the government violated their fourth amendment rights. In other words, certain evidence must be suppressed.

Lawyers are saying it was an illegal search that led to the indictment.