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Feds file Charges against Poker Pro for Running Pot Operation

Tags: Madeline Singas, marijuana, Micah Raskin.
Posted on 16 October 2018 by "T".

It turns out this poker pro is making a living from two different pots, that is, one's from poker, and the other is from another type of pot. Which one is giving him the most profit? It seems to be the latter, but because distributing drugs is against the law, he's been arrested and now he's going to pay big time for that.

Earlier in February, poker pro Micah Raskin from Long Island got busted at a major marijuana raid. This time, he is facing additional federal charges for dispensing over 100 kilos of pot and hash oils in the Baltimore, Maryland area. Feds say that the illegal drug ring the poker pro was involved in has led to one of the largest drug busts in the history of Nassau County, New York.

Micah Raskin, age 50, was charged a week ago in the US District Court, having just been arraigned in February at Nassau County on firearm possession and felony drug charges.

According to documents, Raskin obtained drug shipments which he kept in his Long Island house and in a storage building nearby. These shipments would then be distributed through a courier to various locations in Baltimore, Virginia, Washington D.C., and New York. Customers were charged $1,400 per pound of the illicit drug.

Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas said that the drug dealing operations "went on for a period of several years."

360 Pounds of Pot worth Half a Million Bucks
When Raskin was first arrested by police in February, he was found to be in possession of around 360 pounds of marijuana (estimate street value was $500,000) and very big quantities of hash oils that contained concentrated doses of THC. Police also seized two vehicles (a 2016 Range Rover and a 2016 Chevrolet Corvette), a loaded shotgun, $140,000 in cash, expensive artwork believed to be worth more than $100,000, and paperwork showing payments and prices related to the scheme.

Poker Career
Micah Raskin may not be a name even the most hardcore poker fans would remember, but it is a fact that he was a successful poker player back then with a history of notable cashes in various tournaments all across the globe.

His last recorded tournament cash was when he made a deep run in a $3,300 buy-in NLHE event back in January 28 this year at the Borgata (he won $6,399), a few days before he was first arrested.

He may not have topped a field of players throughout his poker journey, but still he's had a handful of significant performances:

  • 2009 in Borgata casino, Atlantic City - he won a $1,500 buy-in tournament, taking home $320,231 (this was his biggest cash so far in his career).
  • 2013 Aussie Millions Poker Championship - he won a A$5,000 ($3,500) Six Man Turbo event in Melbourne, cashing in A$75,000 ($53,000).
  • 2013 EPT Berlin - he won the Berlin Cup High Roller, taking home €105,368 ($121,400).

Overall, he has almost $1.95 million in live poker tournament earnings, and that's enough to put him in the top 1,000 on the all-time money list.

A Dangerous Individual
Nassau County Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder said after Raskin was arrested, "The arrest of defendant Micah Raskin is a clear example of a collaborative multi-jurisdictional law enforcement investigation which is taking a dangerous individual and the drugs that he was dealing off the streets. I congratulate all of the investigators for a job well done."

If convicted on all counts, Raskin could face up to 8 years in jail. It is not yet known how much extra jail time he will face if he gets convicted of the new federal charges as well.



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12 comments for "Feds file Charges against Poker Pro for Running Pot Operation"

 Mober16/10/2018 16:03:18 GMT
With what he was doing he sue didnt have ny problems at all,
signing up in every major poker tournament there was, and re buying one time
after another.
With that in mind you can say he hasnt won big money that often, all these years Smile
Big operation indeed that was.
 pajalnick16/10/2018 16:10:00 GMT
probably, nevertheless, the game of Poker was not the main thing for him in life ... and the main thing was the drug trade .... and in the end he was caught .... And how many deals nobody knows about .... Perhaps there a lot of money was involved .... much more than he ever won in poker
 Gerimantas16/10/2018 21:05:47 GMT
Yes or course i think it is more money to make career to drug dealer than poker player, and it is situation to this man can say that i am right. But it is problem that drug dealer is not legal operation, if legal then i think not so big profit
 vic7517/10/2018 00:22:47 GMT
The Marijuana situation in Canada https://lfpress.com/news/local-news/pot-101-everything-...
ation in Canada
 CALICUL17/10/2018 08:14:19 GMT
Drug trafficking is more attractive than professional poker games because it always brings money. In poker you can lose money, even if you are a very good player, but with marijuana almost always you earn money. Over 100 kilos of pot and hash oils is good money for him and for his partners ( that means he was a successful dealer ). The risk is always, but honestly to be, America is full of prisoners. Marijuana needs to be legalized.
 bowie198417/10/2018 22:19:43 GMT
He is not a drug kingpin - despite the article trying to describe him as one - and both legal and medical marijuana is a thing singe ages now in the US so I don't know why they treat him like a jersey shore Walter White... This is beyond ridiculous but the feds doing ridiculous things left and right so theres that.
 CALICUL19/10/2018 08:16:16 GMT
This is not about a little marijuana, it's about 100 kilos and this means a lot. As long as the law does not change, they will continue to arrest traffickers. Than to arrest marijuana traffickers, is better to arrest those who sell pills, heroin or cocaine. Anyway, he is not the only professional poker player who will go into jail. Smile
 dule-vu19/10/2018 17:40:31 GMT
now in age of 50 he will go in prison till end of his life!with 100 kilos what can you expect and its over with normal life,playing poker and everything else!he knewt that is some point this can happen and that he can be caught,so he took all risk about this job!
 Mober19/10/2018 20:05:33 GMT
It wsnt a small amount the one that they seized. You cant say that.
There wants the big drug lords, but still not the neighborhood dealer Smile
Now with the legalization in canada, many will start seeing less profit.
For many it isnt a problem crossing over legally.
A line to pass, to smoke it with no stress Smile
 bowie198420/10/2018 16:06:11 GMT
Posted by CALICUL:
This is not about a little marijuana, it's about 100 kilos and this means a lot. As long as the law does not change, they will continue to arrest traffickers.

It's still just marijuana. This guy did not hurt anybody for running this operation unlike those real cartels down south from the borders who are profiting from the 'real' drugs...
 dule-vu20/10/2018 18:30:50 GMT
maybe bowie its not heavy drug,but its still drug and he had 100 kilos,which is not normal!when he had in that moment so many kilos,who know how much did he sell in last years and what amount he did earn from ilegal operations!
 CALICUL21/10/2018 08:21:55 GMT
The law is the law and must be respected. Until this product is legalized he can not be sold by all persons with the exception of pharmacies. Americans will change this law, because it is absurd, but until then the sale remains illegal. I think these people will go to prison for an obsolete law. A new law to smoke marijuana just at home with friends or single but do not drive after.

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