Some people want to earn extra cash from doing online jobs or running a website, but what if such job is illegal? Would you still operate it even if you might face various charges and later on, live behind prison bars? That is now the fate of professional poker player Bryan Micon.
The 36-year-old poker pro, who was accused of illegally running a bitcoin gambling website called Seals with Clubs, has pleaded guilty to a charge in Nevada that might allow him to avoid a possible 10-year-imprisononment.
According to the Las Vegas Sun, Micon’s plea deal resulted to the reduction of his felony charge to a gross misdemeanor. Under the deal, the Seals with Clubs owner needs to complete the probation time in the US and to pay a fine of $25,000. In addition to that, he will surrender all the electronic equipment, pay $900 in cash and 3.0996 bitcoins that were seized by Nevada gaming agents from his Las Vegas home during a raid in February.
The Gaming Control Board first found out about the website back in 2013 after one Belgium resident issued a complaint against the site. The gaming agents of the Nevada Gaming Control Board disclosed to the public that Micon gained monthly revenues of $10,000 – $12,000 from the gaming system. Actually, he had been in charge of the gaming system from March 1, 2014 to February 9, 2015 without the required licenses. Of course, any gambling site which doesn’t have any license is illegal; Micon should have known this before he had the guts to run the Seals.
The poker player’s case is believed to be the first of its kind for Nevada, which legalized online poker several years ago for its licensed casino operators and their respective tech partners. After hiding in Caribbean island of Antigua, he went back to Nevada to bravely plead guilty in Bitcoin Poker Site Case against him. Well, he seemed ready for the consequences of his wrong actions in the past.
Micon was represented by Las Vegas-based attorney David Chesnoff, who has previously represented well-known poker players like Phil Ivey, Paul Phua and Dan Bilzerian.
Will the plea be approved or will it be rejected by the District Court judge? Well, the answers are still hanging. All we can do right now is to wait for the final verdict of the judge.
If you’re one of the people who want to earn easy money through illegal gambling sites, think again. Don’t be surprised if you end up in prison.
Surely, you don’t want that happening to you? So instead of operating an illegal bitcoin gambling site, why not focus on winning WSOP? This way, you won’t be worrying about getting busted for doing an illegal activity.