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Absolute Poker Owner Brent Beckley Pleads Guilty

by Jeremy

Absolute Poker co-owner Brent Beckley foreshadowed what may be to come for other online poker owners indicted in the Black Friday case after he pleaded guilty to deceiving United States banks, among other charges. When issuing his plea, the 31-year-old told the court, “I knew that it was illegal to accept credit cards from players to gamble on the Internet. I knew it was illegal to deceive the banks in this way.”

Going further, Beckley and his colleagues hatched an elaborate scheme to trick American banks into processing Absolute Poker deposits and cashouts by disguising transactions as golf balls, jewelry and other items.

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Based on his current rap sheet, which includes wire fraud and conspiracy to violate an internet law, Beckley could’ve been sentenced to 30 years in prison had he chosen to fight the charges. However, he chose to accept a plea bargain deal, which will see him spend 1 year to 18 months behind bars - depending on the judge’s decision.

Beckley is just the first of a dozen online poker site owners who are awaiting their day in court following Black Friday. Among the most notable people involved in this case are Beckley’s colleague Scott Tom and Full Tilt Poker’s Ray Bitar. Bitar is the main figure behind the Full Tilt Poker mess, which left thousands of players without access to a collective $440 million in deposits.

As for Tom, he has been embroiled in scandal and controversy before due to the Absolute Poker superuser scandal, where certain AP employees could see their opponents’ hole cards while playing online poker games. It will be interesting to see if any of this plays into the Absolute Poker co-owner’s trial.

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