Bitcoin Poker Site Operator to Plead Guilty on Gaming Charge

A bitcoin poker website operator has agreed to plead guilty to a charge of operating an unlicensed gaming website in Nevada.

AccessTimeIconJun 25, 2015 at 10:02 p.m. UTC
Updated Sep 14, 2021 at 2:01 p.m. UTC

Bryan Micon, operator of now-defunct bitcoin poker site Seals with Clubs, has agreed to plead guilty to a charge of operating an unlicensed gaming website in Nevada.

Micon traveled from his home in Antigua to Nevada earlier this week to face the gaming charge after a warrant was issued for his arrest in April by the Nevada Attorney General’s Office.

Defense attorney Richard Schonfeld told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that Micon will serve an as-yet-unspecified probation term and pay a fine of $25,000. He will also forfeit assets seized when Nevada Gaming Commission agents raided his home in February, property that includes $900 in cash, computer equipment and just over 3 BTC.

The felony charge would be reduced to a gross misdemeanor, according to the Review-Journal.

The agreement to plead guilty comes months after Seals with Clubs abruptly closed in February, an act closely followed by the raid by the Nevada Gaming Commission.

Poker table image via Shutterstock


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