Bitcoin Poker Site Operator to Pay $25,000 Fine

The former operator of bitcoin poker site Seals with Clubs was sentenced to two years of probation and fined $25,000 today.

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The former operator of bitcoin poker site Seals with Clubs was sentenced to two years probation and fined $25,000 today after pleading guilty to the unlawful operation of a gaming site earlier this year.

Bryan Micon pled guilty in July after being charged by the Nevada Attorney General's office in the spring. Micon's sentencing hearing took place at 9 am local time in Las Vegas, according to the attorney general's office, which was not immediately available for further comment.

At the time he was charged, Micon faced as many as 10 years in prison, and upwards of $50,000 in fines.

The Nevada charges came after the abrupt closure of Seals with Clubs in February. That same month, state gaming officials raided Micon's home, prompting a flight to Antigua.

Micon later returned to the US to face the charge.

According to a report by the The Associated Press, defense attorney Richard Shonfeld said that Micon would "complete his probation in Las Vegas and move with his family to Antigua to take a job in the technology office of a newspaper there".

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