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Bryan Micon Takes Plea Deal In Bitcoin Poker Site Case

Poker Pro To Avoid Prison In Silver State


Professional poker player Bryan Micon, who formerly ran a poker site that dealt in bitcoins, has pleaded guilty to a charge in Nevada that will allow him to avoid a possible 10-year prison sentence.

According to the Las Vegas Sun, Micon’s plea deal resulted in the reduction of the felony charge to a gross misdemeanor. In addition to probation, he must pay a $25,000 fine.

He was in Antigua but returned to Nevada this week to face the charge against him.

Micon was accused of running Seals with Clubs illegally from Nevada.

His case is believed to be the first of its kind for Nevada, which legalized online poker several years ago for its licensed casino operators and their respective tech partners.

Micon was represented by Las Vegas-based attorney David Chesnoff, who has represented well-known poker players Phil Ivey, Paul Phua and Dan Bilzerian in the past.



6 years ago

victimless crime... guy was just smart enough to figure out how to make money off bitcoins when the gov hasnt. oh wait, isnt that called murder...


6 years ago

I've meet him a few times. He's, let's just say, not nice. I was a rookie in the WSOP playing the main event and he was obnoxious, making fun of each fish as they were knocked out yelling "donk down!"

He says the feds should have knocked on his door and told him they were coming, rather than placing his child in a scary situation. Sorry, Bryan, your choices put your child in a dangerous position. You knew running an online gambling site was illegal, and you chose to do it anyway.

You ran to Antigua and said you didn't want to raise your child in a country where creativity is met with guns and handcuffs. But the fact is the government did not come after you because you were creative, they came after you because you broke the law. If creativity breaks the law, they will come after you. If I find a creative way to take your house, would you simply let me take it, or fight me, sue me, and get the law to take it back?

Sorry, but you brought this on yourself. You should consider yourself extremely lucky that all you got was probation and a tiny fine. You not only broke the law but you flaunted the law, putting your wife and child in harm's way.


6 years ago

WileECoyote, you are the perfect example of the gutless statist sheep that drags the country down. I bet you think the woman and children of Waco were asking for it too when they were gassed and burned alive by the Feds.

Aside from the fact that Micon broke no laws since no one has authority over the internet, (and was using a currency which no government agency has authority over), anyone justifying the SWAT tactics of these moronic goons and scaring a child for arresting a non-violent suspect with no record is obviously a punk. I bet you think Sal Culosi had it coming to him too? You probably think the recent arrest of Phua was justified too, even though a Judge threw out the arrest.

Just another example of a scared pathetic lemming cheering on the overuse of force by a bunch of 3rd rate Feds who are protecting their corporate and international banking masters, and not the citizenry of this great country. Or maybe this is your style of retribution because someone was "mean" to you at a poker table? People like you make me ill.


almost 4 years ago

No one has authority over the internet or digital currencies? Sorry, but that simply isn't true. Your country has authority over you, whether you like it or not.

I don't think Bryan was "asking for it". I take offense to his comments that the government put him in danger. He placed himself and his family in danger when he knowingly broke the law. The feds didn't burn down his house (so, a comparison to Waco is irrelevant). They didn't fire a shot. Yes, they had guns drawn, but they didn't know if they were walking into a fortress, or if he was a madman ready to fight.

I'm not cheering them on. I'm just not cheering on Bryan and crying for him. He broke the law (he did). He put his family in danger.

And, yes, his general attitude, which I personally observed many times, does play into my assessment of the situation. He wasn't mean to me. In fact, I far surpassed him at the WSOP the first year I met him. He was simply obnoxious to the other players as they were knocked out. Rather than encouraging rookies to try again, and good game, he would yell "donkey down!" in celebration, even before the player left their seat.


6 years ago

He should have known that Online Poker in Nevada is only licensed to Regulated Bribery Organizations, errr I mean Casino Operators.