Discussion in 'The Sports Book' started by IxAccDnf, Oct 24, 2012.
I wonder if it is gambling related.
Out of state warrant......well, it's something serious and almost certainly gambling related since gaming agents effectuated the arrest. I smell someone passing insider knowledge to gamblers
word is many offshore ties
Sounds to me more like some generic shady business related to Pinnacle, since offshore sportsbooks are still illegal; this comes out of the Queens County DA, not any gaming enforcement agency.
It will be interesting to see what happens!
A Nevada gambling regulator said a total of eight Las Vegas area residents have been arrested in a New York City police investigation of illegal bookmaking and money laundering.
Its related to offshore books that have agents in the United States. The US agents pay/collect from customers who bet on credit through the bookmaker's website. The agent has to kick up a percentage of money collected to the bookmaker, but they keep the rest.
I am guessing that the 8 guys arrested in Vegas were agents of an offshore book and they were running the Vegas hub of the operation. Most legal books in Vegas do not accept wagers larger than 10K (some limit max wagers to 2K). This has forced the large professional gamblers in Vegas to make bets through offshore accounts. Many prefer to bet through local agents (which is illegal) because they are allowed to bet on credit and settle up with cash (as opposed to depositing the money up front with a credit/debit card and waiting to receive a check when you cash out). This leaves zero trail for the IRS to follow and it allows them to pay/collect with minimal hassle.
I am guessing that Mr. Colbert was taking very large bets for professional gamblers as an agent for an offshore book. Likely any bets that Cantor Gaming refused to take because the action was too high.
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