Gus Hansen Blasts Court Case Outcome
Danish high-stakes professional Gus Hansen has blasted the outcome of a court case against an old friend of his. Also, lots more legal news in the poker community recently as an EPT tournament director is said to have stolen hundreds of thousands of euros, and American casino dealers have been caught stealing.
See You in a Higher Court
Gus Hansen has posted a video on his Instagram account indicating his disapproval of the verdict in a case that did actually go his way. The Great Dane was offered a settlement of no where near what he had expected and told his viewers that he would see his rival in a higher court.
"The verdict is in and although the judge agreed with me, he awarded me a very small amount. So, this no time for celebration. It's just a simple; see you in a higher court."
Earlier this year Hansen posted that he was taking legal action against somebody who was both a friend and business partner. The pair had joined forces to promote a music festival in a deal which ultimately turned sour and resulted in the partner helping himself to funds from the business account for life expenses. Hansen disagreed that he was entitled to this and so they headed off to the court room.
Back in Action
For the last four years Gus Hansen has rarely been seen at the tables. During the first decade of the new millennium, he was a regular both live and online, but then after dumping more than $20 million online he stepped away to reassess his poker career.
Now, it would appear he’s back in action as if he’s never been away. In February he was battling it out with Leon Tsoukernik to try and shake off some of the rust, and then it was off to the studio for a PLO cash game on the revamped Poker after Dark.
EPT Director on the Take
An accusation has been made about a former European Poker Tour director having his hands in the till seven years ago. Juhani Tyrisevä was a live reporter at all the high-profile events back in the day, and in a recent interview he spoke about the rumours that Thomas Kremser had been fiddling the figures.
Kremser left his position in 2011 after a shortfall was discovered in a side event at the EPT Madrid, but he has always claimed he chose not to renew his contract which was expiring at that time. Many industry insiders have always suspected that the timing was just too coincidental.
“No one knows with certainty whether the decision to terminate the agreement had already been made before the theft came to light, but the case itself was quite clear. The whole story came out thanks to Juha Helppi, who was one of the three players left in the $5,000 side tournament. The players were negotiating a chop and Helppi noticed that the event had 80,000 chips more than there should be. It was quite obvious that the buy-ins of four players had been misguided from the prize pool. PokerStars returned those 20,000 euros in the prize pool, but I do not know whether the money came from Kremser or the company's own pocket.”
It’s shocking to think that in this day and age with computers recording almost our every move that somebody would think to do this. Poker players are notoriously observant as it is; it’s insane that Kremser would try and pull the wool over the eyes of a brilliant mind such as Juha Helppi’s.
In a thread on TwoPlusTwo.com one poster chipped in with
"It’s actually super interesting because this whole mess got swept under the rug pretty hard by PokerStars and they still owe players hundreds of thousands of euros (rough estimation) from this. A PokerStars employee basically stole players' funds for many years and once Stars found out, they decided to not tell anyone and not refund anyone. There are hundreds and hundreds of people who fell victim to this scam, myself included."
Watch the Dealers
Corrupt casino dealers are back in the news lately, after a pair of them were caught swapping counterfeit money for chips in Pennsylvania, and another at Bally’s Casino was stealing $5 chips literally off the table in full view of the cameras.
Lieu Khang David Bui, 21, of Philadelphia and the man he says was just an acquaintance Long Vu Tong, 34, of Souderton had their scam uncovered in November 2017. Bui passed $4,000 in fake bills to Tong and would then cash out the chips he received in return. This happened again a little later that night, but again nobody noticed what had transpired.
It took two weeks until secret service agents confirmed that the bills were fake and Tong was pulled in for questioning. Not a hardened criminal he immediately gave himself and his partner up, and now the pair of them are being hauled through the justice system.
In Nevada, the Las Vegas Review Journal has reported that for the first time in over 10 years a dealer has had their gaming employee license revoked by the Las Vegas Gaming Commission. Jesus Saucedo was accused of swiping $5 chips off the table and into his tips box at Bally’s Casino, a Caesar’s owned property. Defending himself at a commission hearing he said
“My mistake was not following the proper procedure. It was not my intent to steal from my previous employer.”
The four-man panel had little sympathy for Saucedo and also didn’t believe his story, so they voted unanimously to revoke his license for deliberate theft.
Commissioner John Moran Jr said
“I think you cheated the game. I think you cheated your employer and, consequently, you cheated yourself because I think you’re a very skilled and good employee except for the fact that you cheated. I don’t think this was your first rodeo. I think you’ve been doing this a long time. I wish we had facts for that, but we don’t. “