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Airport Scam leads to arrest of Poker pro Michael Borovetz

Tags: airport, Michael Borovetz, scam.
Posted on Monday, April 09, 2018 by "K".

A few days ago, poker pro Henry Michael Borovetz has been arrested by police after they received reports from travelers being scammed by him at the Newark Airport. The scam involved Borovetz ‘borrowing’ money from unsuspecting travelers to pay for a hotel room after he claimed that his flight had been cancelled.

Michael Borovetz, age 43, who has won a WSOPC Gold Ring and has nearly $600,000 in live tourney winnings, is now getting a bad public image, yet again, over his airport scams. He apparently has a criminal record dating back to the early 2000s for a variety of misdemeanors.

Borovetz’s latest victim was a 55-year-old New Jersey man who had believed Borovetz’s tale of woe on April 3 Tuesday, and helped the con-man by handing over $200 after being approached by him at the baggage claim.

Shortly after handing him the cash, the victim realized his bad decision and reported the incident to Port Authority, who were able to verify that it was not the first time Michael Borovetz had pulled this stunt, having victimized a San Jose man in the same airport in June last year. Port Authority personnel revealed they had a previous report of Borovetz allegedly purchasing a refundable airline ticket so he could enter the airport’s secure area and scam people. After finding out that Borovetz was still at the Newark Airport Marriott, authorities went to his hotel room on April 5 Thursday and arrested him after being charged with theft by deception.

The Sad Tale of a Degenerate Gambler

Maybe some of you are familiar with the name Michael Borovetz, who, back in 2014 was the main subject of a lengthy 163-page forum thread on the 2+2 poker forum where he was reported to be doing the same airport scam in Las Vegas. 

In the forum, the OP described Borovetz’s back story that said he had been in town for a couple of weeks looking for an apartment after coming to Las Vegas for an interview with DuPont but he’s now stuck because his flight had been cancelled and that he needed money, which he promised to pay back with 100% interest. During their conversation, Borovetz took one of the OP’s business cards for his contact details (another tactic of Borovetz’s wherein he would take a victim’s business card so he can show it to a future victim, telling them he had just been for an interview with the person whose card he has taken).

As the thread became more active and Borovetz was identified, the man himself wrote in the forum (his 2+2 username is PSUMike1999) and admitted his guilt. He then followed it up by writing several lengthy posts detailing his decade-and-a-half of gambling problem.

Apparently in his back story, in 1999 after Borovetz graduated in Chemical Engineering from Penn State, he got hooked on gambling. After he graduated, he really did get a job with DuPont in Iowa but he soon hated working there so he began to spend more and more of his time at the riverboat casinos close by, where he became constantly addicted to Pai Gow. After that his life became a downward spiral following a series of disastrous life choices, losing jobs, sleeping in casino lobbies or under bridges, getting arrested, undergoing rehabs, skipping bail and general degeneracy. Of course, at times Lady Luck gives him a break as he was able to turn a few hundred bucks into a six-figure sum, but unfortunately he always lost it within 24 hours. He found out and knew that he had a talent for poker, but each time he won, the next thing that happens is that he loses it all at the pits.

The last post that Borovetz wrote on the 2+2 forums was back in December 2014 entitled “It is time for a permanent change to my life, it has to be done”.

What other poker players say about him

In January 2013, Christian Harder wrote in his Twitter account, “Playing with one of the most miserable poker players ever. Constant complaining and berating of dealers... H Michael Borovetz”

In the 2+2 forum, member Luck3yChance said, “Played with him several times in AC and he is one of the most annoying and miserable people ever. Always berating dealers players and creating a scene.”

Every deed has a consequence

For his most recent stunt at the airport, Henry Michael Borovetz is scheduled to appear in Essex County Municipal Court on April 17, 2018.

 

Source:

https://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/Pro-Poker-Player-Scams-Travelers-Newark-Airport-478982803.html

https://forumserver.twoplustwo.com/29/news-views-gossip/michael-borovetz-i-believe-he-tried-scam-me-mccarran-airport-6-22-14-a-1454252/



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17 comments for "Airport Scam leads to arrest of Poker pro Michael Borovetz"

 Gerimantas4/9/2018 10:46:16 AM GMT
Yes this is a sad story of situation when people dont know how to stop and their life is full of pronlems then. It is easy to lose a lot of money in gambling when you cannot control your emotions. People need to know how to stop when they play from money they can't lose.
 maragatero4/9/2018 12:27:16 PM GMT
Really some people decide kill himself by the painfulest way..it isn´t it? What terrible thing he think he had do for deserve that treatment? It´s a wheel of being bad, guilt and self punishment. The bad news is that that actitude make to suffer to a lot of collateral victims that have tryed to do the best...Insane case!
 godoy4/9/2018 1:33:57 PM GMT
how can a being of this have so much talent for poker and noa seize why not do what is right and profitable for him qye and play poker you inves to be giving blows that are not worth anything my God that
 bowie19844/9/2018 3:36:50 PM GMT
I will shed strong crocodile tears for this useless con man who choose to be a homeless gambling addict with a chem engineer degree under his belt. Some people just never recognize when they have it all.
 CALICUL4/9/2018 4:08:14 PM GMT
If we were in the wild west this Michael Borovetz would have been a star of the poker game who begs money to play or something like that. I'm honestly bored with all this news about all sorts of people who steal, cheating or other illegal methods to make money. This pro is worth being put in prison for 3 or 6 months. Honest work is not good for him.
 Sandmanilo4/9/2018 11:04:23 PM GMT
I'm agree with my friend Calicul, the casino news at Bankrollmob during last time are all about criminals, scammers, and self-destroyng persons Smile Maybe it would be better to tell about new games,slots, casinos or anything less deppressive Smile
 bowie19844/10/2018 7:02:33 PM GMT
Posted by Sandmanilo:
I'm agree with my friend Calicul, the casino news at Bankrollmob during last time are all about criminals, scammers, and self-destroyng persons Smile Maybe it would be better to tell about new games,slots, casinos or anything less deppressive Smile

They are doing their due diligence. Addiction and gambling plus addiction 2 gambling could lead to serious issues besides getting TILT so it is not that bad that we see both sides of the coin.
 Mober4/11/2018 6:42:33 AM GMT
Why would someone give money to some other person, to pay for their
hotel stay?
How naive "at least" you have to be to give money like that.
It yells scam from far away.

Another "poker pro" on his downfall.
 godoy4/11/2018 11:24:11 PM GMT
so it's not worth more like I always say and a much more strange thing because it always has a gift and does not know how to use and they give themselves to gabler to the casino game where there is no advantage and they get poor and then they leave in despair and they do these shits
 dule-vu4/12/2018 5:38:14 AM GMT
well I dont see why he will go in prison,because he didnt steal money from this people,he asked them to borrow him money to pay hotel and they gave him money,so cant say that this was steal!its their things will they give him money for "hotel" or not!but ofcourse sad story for him!
 Mober4/12/2018 4:52:43 PM GMT
There is a reason why it is called a scam and not a theft.
That doesnt mean it is legal.
What he did is not legal and can lead him straight to the jail.
There are laws for this, like it should, to protect the people, from persons like the one
mentioned here.
 CALICUL4/13/2018 4:11:13 PM GMT
Michael Borovetz had only one step to begging like a romanians... gypsies. In many countries, beggars is forbidden by law and here is a scam for fooling people. It's incredible for a pro player. He could play online with weak players to earn a few hundred dollars or few k but his option it was incorrect.
 ligador374/13/2018 6:02:59 PM GMT
Posted by Mober:
Why would someone give money to some other person, to pay for their
hotel stay?
How naive "at least" you have to be to give money like that.
It yells scam from far away.

Another "poker pro" on his downfall.

That is what one always asks. How can one trust a stranger and give money so easily? The reality is that people believe everything, and that's why this type of scammers will always keep appearing.
It is a sad story about how addiction has consumed him, but that is not why he is free from the laws. To fulfill his punishment properly, and realize that he has an illness, and must treat it.
 pajalnick4/13/2018 7:14:04 PM GMT
Posted by Mober:
Why would someone give money to some other person, to pay for their
hotel stay?
How naive "at least" you have to be to give money like that.
It yells scam from far away.

Another "poker pro" on his downfall.

probably this man appealed to the human ability to do good ... maybe in Europe so it's not accepted but in russia many people help those who ask for money ... especially those who with all their appearance shows that he needs help ... for example they sometimes approach me people and ask for money for alcohol ... and I sometimes give them money
 Tony_MON7ANA4/13/2018 10:46:09 PM GMT
Theft by deception? Is that regarded as a misdemeanor or a felony under New Jersey law?

scambook

There seem to be numerous complaints about his behavior.
 godoy4/16/2018 12:44:05 AM GMT
and fuck with so much skill in poker if you lose so and have to steal or apply scams on people this is a vice or something with no logic to do because these people always have this personality deviated and that puts everything at risk by best or by mixaria do not understand I swear not
 CALICUL4/20/2018 4:18:14 PM GMT
these people which proceeds in this way are called just deceivers. I could not do that except for one thing: I have problems and i ask for someone's help. This case is different and this man is a shame. He has to look for a job to make money. He must not deceive other people.

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