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Top 10 Gamblers Who Went to Jail

July 24, 2020 Posted in News by No Comments

Each gambler has started as an average person not looking for trouble.

However, with time passing by, gambling and casino may turn into an addiction.

And addictions sometimes get the best of us, humans.

In continuance, you can read the stories of 10 great gamblers whose actions became unlawful.

All of them have remarkable betting history, but they were all caught and imprisoned.

Mike Matusow

Mike Matusow aka ‘The Mouth’ was a former drug addict when he became a self-made millionaire by betting and winning at high stakes.

His specialty was poker, so he entered poker tournaments and was a pro player.

However, his addiction took the best of him.

He was caught with 2 ounces of cocaine for which he was imprisoned.

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Dragan Kostic

Kostic was as professional and as famous as ‘The Mouth’.

He won €532,000 by placing second on the EPT Barcelona Main Event.

For this amount, he should have paid taxes amounted to €228,000.

He didn’t cover the taxes, so he was sued by the Spanish tax workers.

He was sentenced to 18 months of jail time and a fine of €400,000.

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Shawn Sheikhan

Shawn Sheikhan was an Iranian ex tattoo artist who won the 2006 NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship.

He is also known as the sparring partner of ‘The Mouth’.

Anyhow, anyone who knows Sheikhan is aware of his behavior.

He has caused repulsive scenes on numerous tournaments by slamming the poker table and leaving with no fans from the audience.

Furthermore, he faced immigration issues, several car accidents, deaths, and sexual abuse accusations.

All of which leads to jail time.

Billy Walters

Billy Walters, known for his shockingly high sporting bets end earnings.

Even though he was extremely successful in what he did, he still committed a trading fraud when he was 71 years old. 

In a way, we can say that he became so addicted to winning, that he masterminded a trading scheme.

He was successful in his fraud and gained over $40 million.

But, in the end, he was taken in front of the judge, sentenced to 5 years and a $10 million fine.

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Ted Forrest

Forrest, the six-time WSOP bracelet winner, is mainly known for the scandal involving bad checks.

More specifically, he wrote checks for $215,000.

However, he had insufficient funds and the checks bounced.

This is why he was accused of robbery and writing bad checks in the Las Vegas Justice Court.

Tony O’Reilly

At first sight, O’Reilly was an average post office manager.

However, he was secretly addicted to sporting bets or the women’s soccer team of Norway.

That’s why he stole €290,000 from his office in approximately a year.

Even though he had great tactics, he was caught in his actions and imprisoned.

Christian Lusardi

Similar to O’Reilly, Christian Lusardi was also not so successful in gambling.

That’s why he decided to cheat with fake chips on the Borgata Winter Poker Open.

However, he was caught by the DGE.

He was sentenced to 15 years.

But, because he paid everything that he owed, he ended up with 7 months and 15 days jail-time.

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Bryan Micon

Bryan Micon has established an unregulated iPoker site in the state of Nevada.

Considering he didn’t have a gambling license, he was sentenced to 10 years of jail time.

In the end, he got a plea deal and a fine of $25,000.

Ernie Scherer

Maybe one of the most tragic stories, Scherer was sentenced to two life sentences in prison, with no way of getting out.

The reason behind his actions was his gambling debt.

He aimed to get the $2 million inheritance from the will of his parents.

There was strong evidence against Scherer which led to his arrest in 2009.

Darren Woods

Woods won $213,431 at the Event#9 at World Series in 2011.

However, he and his family have established a whole network of fake accounts for poker rooms.

He was sentenced to millions of pounds in fines and 15 months of jail time.

Many times gambling has changed the perspective of persons.

Instead of fun and the thrill of the games, the finances become the great focus of gambling.

Therefore, people aim for more gains, no matter the stakes.