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Crazy Gambling Stories From January

From Dead Man Playing Poker Game To Massive Bracelet Bet


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.

January 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.

Friends Of Deceased Man Sit His Embalmed Body At Poker Table For One Last Home Game

A 31-year-old Puerto Rican man with a love for poker who died unexpectedly was actually able to sit at one last home game with friends. At the wake of Henry Rosario Martinez in Barceloneta, a town in the northern region of Puerto Rico, friends of the deceased wanted to honor his life by holding a poker game, even dealing him cards and placing them in his hand, as well as giving him chips. According to, this kind of thing is gaining popularity in Puerto Rico.

Woman Gives Birth While Still Alive In Poker Tournament, Husband Takes Over Her Stack

Australian poker player Katrina Sheary had bagged her chip stack in one of the preliminary events of the 2016 Aussie Millions tournament series in Melbourne when she came home and not long after went into labor. Unable to return to play the next day after giving birth, her husband, Peter Sheary, took over her chip stack. Peter went on to finish in 25th for $6,495 in the A$1,025+125 buy-in no-limit hold’em event that attracted a field of 1,320 players.

Man Robs Casino, Gets Caught Gambling With The Money At Nearby Casino

A man robbed a casino in Montana, then went to a nearby casino to gamble where he was later arrested, police said, according to a report Authorities allege that George Leon Goodrie robbed the Emerald City Casino in Great Falls and then drove in a stolen pickup truck to another casino in order to play the machines. Police showed up at the casino and arrested him while he was at a machine. The 42-year-old is facing charges for robbery and theft, both felonies

Love Triangle Led to Trio Getting Caught in Casino Scam

A former casino vice president, a cocktail waitress and a regular gambler are accused of having conspired together to steal more than $400,000 from a Pennsylvania casino. The state alleges that between May 2014 and April 2015, Robert Pellegrini, a former executive at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, employee Rochelle Poszeluznyj and patron Mark Heltzel worked together in a slot machine scheme that netted them each a share of $418,793. They each face more than 170 counts including theft, identity theft and criminal conspiracy.

Poker Players Let Stacks Blind Off In $200K Tournament In Order To Play Baccarat

A $200,000 buy-in poker tournament with a $3.4 million first-place prize apparently wasn’t “high roller” enough for a few players among the starting field of 52. The $200,000 World Poker Tour event held at the Solaire Resort and Casino in Manilla, which was won by 22-year-old Fedor Holz, saw three players leave their respective chip stacks unattended in order to play baccarat, according to a WPT live update.

Esfandiari DQ’d From Poker Tournament For Peeing In A Container

Poker legend Antonio Esfandiari was disqualified from play in the $5,300 buy-in PokerStars Caribbean Adventure main event for something he did underneath the table. Esfandiari and poker-playing businessman Bill Perkins had a prop bet that called for Esfandiari to lunge everywhere he went for 48 hours. After awhile of avoiding all methods of getting around besides lunging, Esfandiari found himself with the need to use the restroom during play and didn’t want to lunge all the way there to the use the toilet. He decided to urinate in a container underneath the table.

Poker Player Spent $100,000 On Powerball Tickets

High-stakes poker player and Instagram celebrity Dan Bilzerian said on social media that he spent a whopping $100,000 on tickets for last month’s Powerball drawing. The record jackpot was worth more than $1.5 billion. Unfortunately for Bilzerian, but perhaps fortunately for everyone else, he didn’t have a winning ticket.

Selbst Gives WSOP Rookie 200:1 Odds In Massive Bracelet Bet

Vanessa Selbst is on the hook for $2 million if a 20-year-old poker pro scores a hat trick at the 2016 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. Selbst, a winner of three bracelets in her career, gave Poland’s Dzmitry Urbanovich 200:1 odds on $10,000 against him winning three bracelets in his rookie year at the WSOP. Only five players have won three bracelets in a year.

Cop Stabbed In The Face After Poker Room Scuffle

A Miami police officer was forced to fire after he was stabbed in the face at the Magic City Casino. Witnessess said a man in the poker room was screaming and acting aggressively just before 1 a.m. when he was asked to leave by the staff. When the man refused, employees asked Officer Raul Perez to remove the man from the building. A scuffle ensued. At one point the man drew a knife and stabbed Perez multiple times including in the face.

Cleveland Poker Dealer Gets Probation For Theft

A former poker dealer at Cleveland’s Horseshoe Casino received 18 months of probation after admitting to stealing $711 worth of chips and cash from the poker room in 2015, according to He admitted to siphoning off money from the poker tables and counting it as tips.