This week’s poker news starts us off with a dark scam where a renowned poker player had been scamming generous travelers for years. The good news is he’s been caught now and is likely to face jail time.
Poker Player Caught Scamming Travelers At Detroit Metropolitan Airport
Poker player Michael Borovetz was arrested at the Detroit Metropolitan Airport last week for scamming customers. Borovetz, who owns a World Series of Poker Circuit ring and has made nearly $600,000 in career tournament earnings, had been telling travelers about how he’s fallen on hard times and was in need of money. Once he’d get the loans, he’d make no further contact with the individuals he’d scammed.
According to the New York Post report, there is a good chance that Borovetz will face jail time after running this active scam for years. The poker player was arrested at Newark Airport for the exact same scam in 2018, but it didn’t keep him from repeating the offense again this year.
Perhaps the biggest surprise for poker fans is the fact that Borovetz wasn’t arrested sooner. After all, somebody in a poker forum called out Borovetz for running this specific scam all the way back in 2014 and Borovetz admitted to being guilty in that online thread.
Nobody knows for sure how much money Borovetz was able to steal from his victims, but he’ll now have to face the justice system for what he’s done.
Kisacikoglu Wins PartyPoker Live Millions Europe Triton Super High Roller Event
A Turkish businessman named Orpen Kisacikoglu has won this year’s PartyPoker Live Millions Europe Triton €100,000 Super High Roller Event. Kisacikoglu survived a field of 32 entries to cash in the $1,164,800 USD main prize.
After two days of high stakes action, Kisacikoglu was able to push his career earnings to more than $4 million USD, which includes 55 career live tournament cashes. In addition to the massive prize money payout, Kisacikoglu earned 480 Card Player Player of the Year points for the victory.
Considering Kisacikoglu isn’t even a full-time poker player, that’s a pretty impressive haul. Each of the six players that made it to the final table were paid upwards of $200K USD, including Vladimir Troyanovskiy’s $795,200 USD payout for his runner-up result.
Los Angeles Based Casino Will Host Poker Player Appreciation Freeroll In September
The Hustler Casino in Los Angeles has created a Poker Player Appreciation Freeroll event that will take place on their property this September. The concept behind the tournament is based on rewarding the casino’s most loyal poker players with $50,000 up for grabs.
The tournament will be open to any poker player that logs at least 40 hours of play in the poker room from mid-July to early September. Those players will automatically qualify for the event, which is scheduled to take place on September 7th.
The starting stacks for those involved will be determined by the number of hours that the players log at the casino in that allotted time frame. Players with at least 40 hours in playing time will receive 1,000 chips. Anybody that plays at least 80 hours will have their starting stack raised to 1,500 chips. Once a player reaches 120 hours, they get to start with 2,000 chips. Then if they reach 160 hours of playing time, they will get to open with 3,000 chips. The absolute maximum starting stack is 4,000 chips, which will be given to anybody that logs more than 400 hours in playing time at the casino between July and September.
$20,000 of the $50,000 prize pool will be awarded to the winner, but there will be multiple spots where players can finish in the money. The freeroll tournament will take place in the Crystal Room at the Hustler Casino.