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Crazy Gambling Stories From October

From Chinese Language Prop Bet To Clown-Masked Casino Robbery


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/or noteworthy from the month that was.

Poker Pro Takes Bet To Become ‘Fluent’ In Mandarin In Just One Year

Las Vegas poker pro Joey Ingram, one of many in the poker world with a penchant for off-the-wall prop bets, has found a new high-stakes wager to occupy himself with for the next 12 months. Ingram took to his popular YouTube channel to announce that he has bet $7,500 to win $45,000 if he can learn Mandarin in one year. He’ll have to post a 30-minute video online with “fluent” Mandarin in order to collect. Many observers say he’s drawing dead.

High-Stakes Poker Debt Case Involving WSOP Partner Can Proceed

A Nevada judge said that a lawsuit pitting high-stakes poker player Matt Kirk against Czech casino owner Leon Tsoukernik can proceed. Per a report from the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the local judge said that the $2 million gambling debt is unenforceable, but Kirk, an Australian, could be entitled to damages if he can prove that Tsoukernik never intended to repay the money. Kirk reportedly would be entitled to recouping the money if his legal team can show “fraudulent inducement and unjust enrichment” stemming from the May 27 game at the Aria casino.

Boston Cop Accused Of Trying To Launder Bank Robbery Money At Casino

A veteran Boston police officer has been indicted for allegedly trying to launder money at the state’s only casino. A Suffolk County Grand Jury indicted Joseph Nee, 44, on the charges of larceny over $250 and money laundering. He allegedly stole money from the police department’s evidence room and attempted to launder while playing slots at Plainridge Park Casino. According to a statement from the Office of Attorney General Maura Healey, Nee was arraigned on the charges in Suffolk Superior Court on Oct. 30.

Poker Pro Phil Hellmuth Wins $15,000 On Three-Pointer Prop Bet

After wrapping up a late night poker session at a casino in Pittsburgh, poker legend Phil Hellmuth was offered 10-1 on a three-point shot, with no warm-up. The “Poker Brat” didn’t disappoint himself. Hellmuth stood to win $15,000 against his $1,500. Multiple people had action on the shot, but Doug Polk had the bulk of the liability. The likes of Olivier Busquet and Shaun Deeb were also there to witness the action. There was some trouble finding a court, and a ball, after midnight, but at around 2 a.m. local time everything was set. Hellmuth made the shot and chaos ensued.

Clinton Portis’ Casino Debt Case To Go To Trial In December

Former NFL star Clinton Portis and Atlantic City’s largest brick-and-mortar casino are scheduled to go to trial in December over gambling debt he racked up in 2011, according to court documents. The Borgata casino says that Portis owes it $170,000 from the gambling sessions. Portis filed for bankruptcy in 2015, but the casino wants the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Florida in Gainesville to rule that the debt isn’t eligible for discharge.

Ex-cop, Son Admit To Roles In $4 Million Illegal Sports Betting Scheme

An ex-cop who once spent time in prison for participating in an advertising scheme, has racked up another felony conviction, this time for his role in illegal Internet-based sports gambling rings, which, authorities said, hauled in about $4 million in wagers. Ciro Barone, 68, of West Brighton, has pleaded guilty to a felony count of promoting gambling.

Clown-Masked, Hammer-Wielding Suspect Robs Casino

Rapid City police are searching for a man who they say robbed the Rushmore Casino while carrying a hammer and wearing a clown mask. Police were dispatched to 1808 Mount Rushmore Road for a panic alarm. An employee of the casino told police that a man entered the business carrying a hammer and demanded money. The clerk complied and the man left with an undisclosed amount of cash. Witnesses described the man as tall, skinny, in his late teens to early 20s, and wearing a baggy black hooded sweatshirt, black work gloves and clown mask.