Duhamel WSOP Bracelet and other poker criminals in the pokerQ4 traditional Monday look at poker related criminals and poker crime stories in the news.
The main big poker criminal news story is that Jonathan Duhamel’s WSOP winers bracelet has been returned. Well most of the bracelet anyway. A street cleaner is supposed to have found the Main Event winners Bracelet proving again what pokerQ4 said all along that the poker criminals involved would have problems shifting any of the gear and money and have thrown away their lives for not much return.
The Duhamel poker criminals do not seem to have anyone else to blame but themselves, or do they?
For the poker criminals below it is a clear cut case of their fault. Or is it and whose fault is it?
Headteacher steals over £53,000 – whose fault is it?
Andrew Wilkie stole over £53,000 from the primary school he was Headteacher of.
He admitted he was addicted to online gambling and he spent all the family savings on poker websites, had to re-mortgage the family home and had built up debts on credit cards … Wilkie was clearing his desk and went home and told his wife that they were in financial ruin and he had stolen in excess of £53,000 from school funds
He has done something bad but whose fault is it? His alone? The sites that offered him the chance to lose that amount of money? The governments for allowing it? The school that somehow lets one person transfer two lump sums of £28,878 and £22,825.
Responsible Gambling is what the online poker and casino sites try to promote. Yes of course. The only responsible gambling most of them want is for you to responsible lose your money slowly to them so they can get more than their fair share. As one boss told me, “Some company is going to get their money, so it might as well be us. Fuck ‘em and let him keep depositing.”
But then is it not the persons responsibility? When they come crying on the phone that they have lost their house, their family, the kids University money over the last few years you just want to tell them that had it not occurred to them that they were shit at poker? How much money that you do not now have or did have does it take for you to realise that? And whose fault is or was it?
You’re a terrible dealer – whose fault is it?
Now this man, Ben Cross, has had more bad beats in life and poker than most of us will ever have. He played poker and was addicted to cocaine. So to fund and feed his drug and poker habit he sold cocaine and MDMA to his poker playing buddies.
Gill McGivern, defending, said Cross had been driven to supplying drugs by a £500-a-week cocaine habit and gambling addiction. As a teenager he had extensive surgery to his lower jaw because of a medical condition. Following his recovery aged 16, he was assaulted and had to undergo further operations.
Mrs McGivern said: “He stays indoors with a small circle of friends. His social life is built around weekends with these people playing poker and taking drugs. That was the safest place to be. He did not want to be on the streets or in a nightclub.
It seems he was not good a good dealer – at either poker or drugs.
At an earlier hearing, magistrates had heard one mobile phone contained a text message that said: “You’re a terrible drug dealer.”