Russian Poker player is jailed for cheating players out of £57,025


Posted on the 19th of June 2016

Russian Poker player is jailed for cheating players out of £57,025

Russian Valeriy Mikhaylets, 57, who is the deputy director of a Moscow construction firm has been jailed for 4 months for using “sleight of hand” to cheat Poker players out of £57,025 at the Palm Beach casino in Mayfair, London. Additionally, Mikhaylets was also fined £86,000 fine, ordered to pay £57,025 in compensation and a Deprivation Order amounting to £50,000 plus £893.75 costs. The cheating took place between 30 November 2014 and 1 December 2014. When Mikhaylets was arrested, he was in possession of two Genting Casino membership cards, one belonging to himself, and the second card belonging to someone else. He was also carrying £2,000 in cash, playing cards, dice and sandpaper which he explained was for smoothing out card edges. When Mikhaylets failed to return on bail, a European Arrest Warrant was issued for his arrest. He was arrested crossing the border from Russia to Finland and was extradited to England.

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