Tom Dwan defends Poker Players busted in Gambling Ring

by Jeremy

Last week, the FBI indicted 34 people in connection with a high stakes gambling ring that’s supposedly led by Russian mobsters. Several poker players, including Abe Mosseri, Bill Edler, Justin “Boosted J” Smith, Peter Feldman and John Hanson, were among the indicted and will have to defend themselves in court on June 9th, 2013.

A large part of the poker community has reached out in support of the players, who are facing charges for participating in an illegal gambling ring. Noted high stakes poker grinder Tom Dwan is one of these people, and he wrote the following on TwoPlusTwo:

the feds think they found something they didn’t. the 8 or so people i know well in this group are all pretty ethical good people, who if they did anything “wrong” it was breaking bad laws which don’t exist in other 1st world countries.

claiming that people were laundering illegal funds through an “illegal activity” is retarded obviously, and makes my head hurt.

It’s obviously from Dwan’s post that he doesn’t believe the “8 or so” defendants have done anything inherently wrong here. However, another poster by the name of ‘Dos’ strongly disagrees with Dwan’s assessment of the situation. The poster wrote:

Naive much? Seriously, esp. after FTP you should know better. Even if those 8 or so people were your best friends (which is very unlikely in this case), it would be extremely naive to think you`re privy to everything that goes on in their lives and that they would let you in on it. Especially when it comes to unethical or illegal stuff. It`s not like people strive to become the most untrustworthy/unethical person in the world. Just think of anything that happened in YOUR life that you would rather not tell all 8 of them. Do you honestly believe that not one of them has a secret, or whatever you wanna call it, that he wouldnt let you in on??

At this point, it’s difficult to say what the poker players’ involvement in the gambling ring is - especially with so many conflicting views on the matter. However, a Manhattan Federal District Court will attempt to sift through the facts in a month and a half.