CelebPoker und Glücksspiel-Ring kaputt

02/14/2014
By Pamela PattersonGoogle
for his part in the operation that saw an A-list of movie stars also involved in what has been dubbed ‘the celebrity poker ring’.

The seriousness of playing poker in amongst this ring of players has been noted by many poker professionals and poker lover out there, but really I can’t see what all the fuss is about quite honesty. A few players getting together having a game of poker organized by a main guy.

How is that different to when the police commissioner has a private game with his pals or the old movie scene where the judges and lawyers get together for a grind?

Looking more closely at the situation it just seems that the only factor involved in this whole palaver is money. These guys just have more money to throw around than your average Joe, and so naturally the stakes are a lot higher. With that obviously comes the attention from outsiders that are either jealous or are looking to make a quick buck themselves.

Justin “Boosted” Smith was just handed out a sentence that means he has to stay at home for three months on a tag system plus 20 hours community service (I suppose he has to leave home to do that) and he also received a $500,000 fine.

Furthermore, he has two years’ worth of probation to get through without being seen/caught at a game that involved big money, but that would also include private games amongst friends too I’m sure!



Justin put in a guilty plea from the beginning even though in reality he is only guilty of exercising his own freedom to do what he wants with his cash in a private syndicate. His plea meant that two other charges against were either ignored or dropped. These private syndicates operate all the time in the work place, between friends and in local bars. However, this one was no doubt a mixture of the high stakes and jealously.

How happy I am that I do not live in USA when I think about the laws passed over there when it comes to playing a game of skill like poker. In fact, all this is about, or at least the reason this has come about is because the government are short on tax. In actual fact you have to start thinking about the amount of tax payers money was probably wasted on the whole sting operation.

In the end Smith involved himself in the movement of substantial amounts of cash, and in the eyes of the law that implicated him and the sum of cash was enough to authorise a sting operation. I just wonder why the police or those responsible for the sting operation don’t make an example of everyone instead of singling out this particular poker ring.

In the end it seems over thirty people have been caught out, and most likely the main gripe the government had was the fact that they also held a sports book and casino bonus deals. Maybe the whole farce is a contradiction in itself. Poker is fine, but the other gambling activities are not. Still, private bets between pals in an agreed situation means these people are only doing what they want with their money. The land of freedom is really a contradictory term.
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