Former WSOP Main Event Champ Arrested in Undercover Prostitution Sting
Greek myths mirror real life with stories of success and debauchery, pride and humiliation, and secrets that lead to dastardly results. We all remember poker pro Mike ‘The Mouth’ Matusow’s 2003 cocaine arrest that ultimately led to a stint that is six-month Clark County jail on charges of felony possession with intent to sell. In reality, the list of poker player scandals, perhaps not surprisingly, is colorful indeed, and you can now add 2004 World number of Poker Main Event champion Greg Raymer to that list: he ended up being arrested in very early March after responding to a website advertising for prostitutes. Unfortunately he was nabbed, one presumes, when he showed up to meet his hooker at a police-selected hotel for him, the ad was a sting set up by North Carolina police, and. Raymer is married, and was presumably searching for some action on the side. Even though the story originally reported that it in fact was a male prostitution ring, that apparent error ended up being quickly amended. Whoops.
Wake Forest, North Carolina police say that 48-yr-old Raymer ‘was one of six men whom responded to an advertisement posted by undercover police on a site frequently utilized by prostitutes.’
Wake Forest police chief Jeffrey Leonard included that ‘the locations prostitutes decide for this sort of criminal activity differ, and seldom remain similar for higher than a few days at time, which makes enforcement difficult. In this example, we conducted the operation at a hotel that is local its full cooperation. We are not aware of this type of criminal task ever occurring at the resort [before]. Our officers selected the resort for the undercover operation at random.’
Raymer was certainly one of six men arrested, and even though certainly the most well-known (now notorious), he wasn’t the only guy having a image that is high-profile. Among one other six had been Kevin Scott Konarzewksi, president of Complete Inventory Services; Christopher Burrell Shella, managing director of Shella, Harris & Aus P.C and an attorney that is former Mangum; and Robert Hancock, vice-president of sales and marketing at MobileSmith.
Bail for all these ‘gentlemen’ was set at $1,000, and court appearances for April eighteenth. Police said the sting procedure was ‘a pre-emptive measure to combat the nationwide growing trend of prostitution.’
Ricky, you got some ‘splainin’ to do.
1,434 of Atlantic City’s Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino workers have actually been served layoff notices, warning them they may lose their jobs on May 10. The hotel ownership is expected to have transitioned from the current owners, to the new owners, the Meruelo Group by that point.
The notices are mostly viewed as a formality however, and something legally needed by the current owner in the event the new owner does not wish to retain some or most of the staff that is existing. The layoff notices are required under New Jersey’s WARN (Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act) system.
Curiously, neither Trump nor Meruelo has taken credit for the filing of the layoff notices, which happened this week with the New Jersey Department of work. Trump attorney John Donnelly flatly denied that Trump had filed the layoffs, while Meruelo has stated they wouldn’t have even the legal right to do so, because they are not the current owner. The sale of the hotel is anticipated to be finalized by might 31.
But, inspite of the notices Meruelo Group has every intention of retaining as many current employees as possible according to the company’s president and primary investment officer, Xavier Gutierrez.
‘Absolutely, a number that is substantial be rehired, but we’re not sure how that will transpire,’ Gutierrez said earlier this week in a interview.
The layoff notices and purchase come at a right time if the Trump Plaza Casino has plummeted towards the bottom associated with the Atlantic City casino rankings. The casino grossed simply $102.5 million from slots and table games in 2012, and its fortunes haven’t enhanced any in 2013. Earnings for February had been down 42% from the same period a year ago to just $5.2 million, also dead last between the twelve Atlantic City casinos.
Industry sources anticipate Meruelo will pour their resources into turning the casino around and lifting it through the bottom for the ratings.
‘ We think this ongoing company will spend a large amount of money on the property to bring it up to where it requires to be, much like Golden Nugget and Resorts did,’ casino union president Bob McDevitt said of Meruelo’s purchase of the Trump Plaza.
McDevitt included they officially take over as owners of the hotel and casino that he does not expect Meruelo to make any job cuts once.
An organization of five area citizens have actually brought construction on Ceasars Horseshoe Casino on Russell Street in south Baltimore up to a halt that is grinding. Baltimore Circuit Court Judge Yolanda Tanner issued a temporary restraining order in light associated with the lawsuit, halting construction crews which had just started work on the website this week.
The resident group established the lawsuit against the Baltimore casino, claiming the casino group never offered residents the opportunity to address their concerns about the impact that is environmental of casino’s development regarding the building site, or the alterations in its proposed action plan. That web site on Russell Street once housed a complex that is industrial and pollutants were based in the soil seven years ago.
The casino task is backed by city and state officials, and the Maryland Department of Environment (MDE) did perform research on the web site and drew up an action plan in regards to the possible contaminants found there. Nevertheless, the residents state they had been never allowed to go over the plan or raise any of their issues with city or state officials, and that the master plan was later changed summaries of 1984 too.
‘The environment is being ignored, the center river is being ignored, therefore the hope is those feedback would be taken notice of and that the more comprehensive remedy would be put in place before the structures go up and eradicate the possibility to remove the hotspots of contaminated soil,’ ecological attorney Timothy Henderson said.
Solicitors for the City of Baltimore have responded by saying the lawsuit is frivolous, and that the seemingly heroic, underdog residents behind it are now actually nothing more than puppets being directed from the shadows by a mystery organization bent on delaying the casino’s development.
‘The motivation because of this expensive litigation can hardly be to own one more ‘informational meeting’ in regards to the voluntary cleanup of this casino web site,’ town attorneys Matthew W. Nayden and Daniel J. Sparaco had written within their response to the lawsuit. ‘More likely these interests are served by derailing this complex, time-sensitive construction effort.’
They also state that Caesars was under no obligation to look for input from area residents regarding the action plan for the building site, which the MDE additionally disputes.
More hearings in the matter are planned.
Who says you have to gamble big to win big? Well most certainly not 45-year-old Mr. Taylor from the UK who ended up being checked out by Lady Luck recently when his struggle for sleep prior to a night shift tempted him into the web gambling world.
Taking his opportunities on the slots at William Hill, Taylor spun the wheel for just 20 pence and doubtless struggled further to catch some rest after having a win that is staggering of;258,670.
‘It’s nevertheless not necessarily sunk in,’ stated Taylor, a darts that are self-confessed. ‘It’s about the equivalent of twenty years’ wages as I won’t pay tax on my winnings.’
‘It’s maybe not enough for me to retire, but will make life a complete lot easier,’ added the Burnley resident. ‘I won’t be worrying about the bills and I also’ll be able to go wherever I want on holiday.’
As if the tale doesn’t seem exciting enough, as it happens that Taylor destroyed his net connection to the William Hill site within mere seconds of his victory. He remained oblivious to their win that is big until logged back on to see a significantly increased balance in his online account.
Taylor hasn’t acquired the name of biggest champion in the William Hill slots, as 23-year-old barman from Doncaster, Lien Bailey, hit an even larger win early a year ago as he struck it lucky in the ‘Millionaires Club’.
The ultimate slots prize would go to Ly Sam, a Vietnamese-American online gambling enthusiast who pocketed $55,542,296.73 despite the huge sums won by the Englishmen after spinning the tires for simply ten cents in the Polazzo Club at the Sheraton Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City.
Initially, the casino declined to honor the jackpot since the record sum was actually a glitch that is technical. However, Sam was awarded the sum of 1.5 million Vietnamese Dong after a ruling by the District 1 Peoples Court in Ho Chi Minh City settled in favor of the player.
So while you may never ever know whenever Lady Luck is likely to grace her presence, it is worth remember that these stories are one-in-a-million stories of fortune. But time that is next’re struggling to sleep, it may be worth the 20 pence spin just to see what are the results.