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Illegal Gambling Ring Busted

Tags: fbi, Illegal Gambling Ring, Molly Bloom, new york city, search warrants.
Posted on 17 April 2013 by "T".

On Tuesday, New York Times, NBC  and other major newspapers reported that FBI agents had made arrest and implemented search warrants in New York City, the metro area and other places in the United States in connection with an illegal gambling ring operated by Russian organised crime.

According to NBC, the organisations' members used an advanced money laundering scheme to move millions of dollars of gambling proceeds from the former Soviet Union through shell companies in Cyprus into different investments and shell companies in the U.S.

In total, 34 people have been indicted (full list below) in the case so far. The three leaders of the illegal gambling ring are based in New York City, Kiev and Moscow. Most of the members and associates were born in the former Soviet Union. Among the arrested people were Molly Bloom, who made headlines in 2011 for arranging illegal poker games for celebrities and high-rollers (Tobey Maguire, Leonardo DiCaprio, Ben Affleck etc) and poker pros Bill "The Stunning One" Edler (1 WPT title and 1 WSOP title) and Peter Feldman (over $1.1 million in live tournament winnings).

People indicted:

Alimzhan Tokhtakhounov
Anatoly Golubchik
Vadim Trincher
Stan Greenberg
Hillell Nahmad
Noah Siegel
Illya Trincher
Michael Sall
Moshe Oratz
Donald McCalmont
Arthur Azen
Dmitry Druzhinsky
Alexander Zaverukha
Alexander Katchaloff
Jonathan Hirsch
Ilya Rozenfeld
Ronald Uy
Bryan Zuriff
Abraham Mosseri
Peter Feldman
Anatoly Shteyngrob
Peter Skyllas
Kirill Rapoport
John Hanson
Justin Smith
Nicholas Hirsh
William Edler
Edwin Ting
Eugene Trincher
Molly Bloom
Yugeswar Rajkumar
Joseph Mancuso
William Barbalat
David Aaron

source: NBC, PokerNews and New York Times

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4 comments on "Illegal Gambling Ring Busted"

 PokerDonV7317/04/2013 08:36:21 GMT
Here’s some more information on some other individuals listed in the indictment:

Molly “Poker Princess” Bloom — Best known at the organizer of past high-stakes poker games that included Toby Maguire, Leonardo Dicaprio and Alex Rodriguez, among others.

Bill Edler — World Series of Poker Bracelet winner with $1,331,178 in WSOP earnings. Also named BLUFF Magazine’s 2007 Player of the Year.

Abe Mosseri—Won the 2009 WSOP Event #55 $2,500 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball for $165,521. Has also appeared on the poker TV show The Big Game.

Peter Feldman—Two-time WSOP Circuit ring winner with $1,142,388 in career WSOP earnings.

John Hanson—An options trader from New York who has two final-table appearances in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship (third in 2007 for $852,480 and runner-up in 2009 for $789,199).

Michael Sall—Once bet Brian Zembic $100,000 that he wouldn’t get breast implants. LOL
 Macubaas19/04/2013 08:59:52 GMT
I actully saw some days ago an reality show on nat geo about illegal cash game in NY but it didn't seemed to be something serious.

Anyways considering what happend with full tilt poker i think they can get away with it if they pay some "rake" to the gov lol
 Fakiry19/04/2013 12:24:24 GMT
Some of these guys like so much to play the game the way they do (high stakes) that they also do it outside sponsored events and out of the internet. Maybe some didn't realized in what they were involved until the action of the FBI, we should always give the benefit of the doubt until the guilt is prooved.
 RoninHarper19/04/2013 13:16:20 GMT
G'day mates

Well we all know the only reason the US Government got involved was because they was not getting their share of the cash. Everyone knows that the Don's and the Godfather's are to always get their share.
All they had to do was give Uncle Sammy his cut and all would have been fine.

be cool mates


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