The office of the attorney general of Nevada and the state’s gambling regulators are currently investigating an unlicensed online poker room, the first to be prosecuted in the state’s regulated online poker industry.
At a news conference held recently by Adam Laxalt, the attorney general, additional information regarding the case against Seals with Clubs, a Bitcoin online poker room, and Bryan Micon, its owner, was revealed. It may be recalled the Seals with Clubs was shut down on February 11.
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The Las Vegas Justice Court issued an arrest warrant against Micon for operating an unlicensed online poker room. If found guilty, Micon could be sentenced to as many as 10 years in prison and fined up to $50,000. In a video, which he had uploaded on YouTube from Antigua, Micon said that the police had raided his home in Las Vegas.
He said: “A bunch of guys with guns broke down my door, put me in handcuffs, serving a warrant from the Nevada Gaming Commission.” He also said that they “stole most of my electronics.”
Later, court papers were filed stating that Micon had operated a bitcoin online poker room called Seals with Clubs from March 1, 2014 to February 9, 2015 “without first procuring and thereafter maintaining in effect the required licenses.”
Although Seals with Clubs had to be shut down, Micon did not waste time in re-launching the bitcoin poker site under another name SwCPoker.eu.
In his YouTube video, he assured his players that their bitcoins were safe and urged them to withdraw them from the former site. He even said: “Math does not bow to guns.”
Nevada regulators did not charge Micon with any crime in February. Nobody knows if he was in Antigua when a warrant was issued for his arrest recently.
He later said: “After I was led out in handcuffs in my underwear, it was pretty clear that it was proper to leave sooner rather than later. And I didn’t really want my 2-year-old daughter, whom I love very much, to grow up in a police state where creativity is often met with guns, handcuffs.”
According to Micon, Nevada regulators were aware of his journalistic output and his social feed. He earns a living playing live as well as online poker games and operating bitcoin gambling news sites.
His lawyer Richard Schonfeld says that his client has done nothing wrong, but refused to comment on the attorney general’s latest filing.