Jay Newnum, a 41-year-old poker reporter who had recently admitted to stealing dealer tokes worth $700 at Foxwoods Casino on Dec 16 last year, has been given probation.
Reportedly, Newnum, who hails from Fishers in Indiana, used chopsticks to steal the funds from the dealers’ tips box although he later put the money back. This happened when a Mega Stack Challenge NLHE tournament, which had a buy-in of $600, was in progress at Foxwoods Casino, Connecticut.
Newnum will now be permitted to take part in an “accelerated rehabilitation” program, which will give him a clean record if he goes through his probation period without violating any law. The poker reporter could have been fined as much as $1000 and given a six-month prison term for this misdemeanor.
Although the theft was discovered in the middle of December last year, the Connecticut authorities made an official statement about it only recently.
Newnum had also maintained silence about the incident. However, he recently mentioned on his official website that he intends to “step away from the poker world indefinitely.” Newnum has also been banned from entering the premises of Foxwoods Casino, where he was working as a poker blogger, after the incident.
While stating that he will withdraw from the poker community, Newnum said that he will continue fighting for online poker legalization. He stated that he has spent several years in the community and sincerely appreciates the game and the people who play it. Expressing his gratitude to his friends and family members “who have been incredibly supportive during this time,” he said: “Finally, even though I won’t be a part of the poker world for now, I’ll still be rooting for the industry to continue to grow, expand, and improve, in all the ways that we know it can.”
Newnum was among the 21 people associated with online poker who was interviewed as part of a poker documentary called “Bet Raise Fold.” According to its producers, it is a documentary on “the story of online poker” and was released in the middle of last year.
The documentary is about the various challenges faced by professional poker players, right from the birth of the online poker industry to its crash on Black Friday, the day on which the feds cracked down on major US-facing online poker rooms.
The documentary also features popular poker personalities such as Tom Dwan, Greg Raymer, Daniel Negreanu, and Tony Dunst.