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.
August 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.
Cocktail Waitress In Casino Embezzlement Scheme Gets House Arrest
The former cocktail waitress who swiped player’s card information as part of an inside job to defraud Mohegan Sun Pocono out of more than $420,000 was sentenced to two years of probation. She was ordered to serve the first six months on house arrest. Rochelle Poszeluznyj, 39, of Kingston, previously pleaded guilty to a federal money-laundering conspiracy charge in the case. According to prosecutors, Poszeluznyj collected players’ information and passed it along to the casino’s former vice president of player development, Robert Joseph Pellegrini, who used his executive casino access to make copies of the cards and put free play on them.
Man Robs Gambling Hall After They Failed To Give Him A Job
Authorities in England were easily able to track down the suspect who robbed a gambling den earlier this year because he previously applied for a job with the business and left all of his personal information on his resume. Dopey Umar Mirza, 26, was sentenced in August to six years behind bars for the March 27 robbery. Mirza came to the Birmingham business wearing a hood and a mask while carrying a handgun. Mirza walked away with some $22,000.
Casino Bosses Sue High-Stakes Gambler Who ‘Once Lost £2.4 Million In One Night’
The owners of a historic casino have sued a high-stakes international gambler said to have once lost £2.4 million in a night – after complaining they are owed £470,000. Bosses at Les Ambassadeurs Club, in Mayfair, London, told a High Court judge cheques from Azam Kolia, who comes from Singapore, had bounced. Detail of the case emerged at a preliminary hearing before Mrs Justice Jefford. A barrister representing Les Ambassadeurs told the judge that Mr Kolia – who was not at the hearing – was a prolific gambler and liked to “play for high stakes”.
Man Suspends Gambling Session To Rob Bank, Then Returns To Tables, Police Say
Authorities say a man robbed a bank shortly after leaving an Oklahoma casino, only to take the cash from the heist and continue gambling at another nearby casino. A man by the name of Frankie Paul Gabaldon is accused of robbing the First United Bank near Oklahoma City in the late afternoon on Aug. 14 following a trip to the Riverwind Casino in the city of Norman, OK. He allegedly threatened a bank teller and made off with $3,000 in $100 bills. After fleeing the bank, his car broke down on the highway but he was able to hitchhike to the Newcastle Casino, located just about 12 miles from Riverwind.
Man Says Casino Booted Him For Pooping His Pants During Poker Room Promotion
A Kentucky man says Cincinnati’s casino kicked him out during a $1,000 giveaway in the poker room after falsely accusing him of pooping his pants. According to a report from Fox19.com, the gambler identified only as “Tyler” claims he went to the bathroom during the poker promotion and when he exited security said that he needed to leave over a stain on his pants. Other casino patrons reportedly complained that he smelled. However, he denies that he had a bathroom mishap and said it was because the casino didn’t want him to win any additional money from the promotion.
Poker Pro Hits Third $100K Video Poker Royal Flush This Summer
He makes his living on the felt, but the gambling machines gave him his biggest paydays this summer. It’s an understatement to say poker pro Kyle Cartwright has been running hot at video poker since June. He has won three separate $100,000 jackpots thanks to hitting royal flushes. Amazingly, they were all in hearts. The latest happened in mid-August on a $125 spin. The odds of hitting one of them are about 40,000 to 1.
Former Iowa Lottery Computer Programmer Gets 25 Years For Rigging Drawings
A former employee for the Iowa offices of the Multi-State Lottery Association was sentenced to up to 25 years behind bars for a years-long scam involving the manipulation of numbers in supposedly random drawing jackpots, according to a report from The Des Moines Register. Eddie Tipton, 54, pleaded guilty to installing software that allowed him to fix the drawings. The scam ran for a handful of years until he tried to collect a $16.5 million ticket in 2010.
$1.2 Million Bad Beat Poker Jackpot Hit At $1-$2 No-Limit Hold’em Table
A $1.2 million bad beat jackpot was hit just minutes south of downtown Montreal. The Playground Poker Club’s progressive bad beat jackpot stood at well over seven figures when the JJ lost to the Q8 on a board reading J69J10. Shane Galle held the straight flush, winning about $230,000. Elphege Delarosbil took the lion’s share with a $460,000 payout thanks to losing after flopping a set and turning quads. The players at the table who witnessed the improbable hand each received more than $30,000. About $1,200 was paid to everyone else in the room when it happened.
Former NBA Owners Bet $880K On Floyd Mayweather To Win $160K
A nearly seven-figure bet on Floyd Mayweather for his then upcoming boxing match with MMA’s Conor McGregor was one of the largest on the fight. According to a report from the Associated Press, Las Vegas businessmen Gavin and Joe Maloof, former owners of the Sacramento Kings, placed a $880,000 wager on the fight at the South Point Hotel and Casino’s sportsbook on Aug 11. They took Mayweather at a minus-550 favorite, meaning they netted $160,000 when he reached 50-0.
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