Cookies on the PokerWorks Website

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you continue without changing your settings, we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on the PokerWorks website. However, if you would like to, you can change your cookie settings at any time.

Continue using cookies

Poker News | Gambling and the Law

Victor Chandler Allegedly Arrested in Raid

Share this
The founder, chairman and driving force behind one of the world's leading bookmaking sites, Victor Chandler, was questioned by police in France on Monday, October 8th. Victor Chandler was reportedly one of four people taken into custody for allegedly taking bets on horses.

Several news sources have reported that Chandler was arrested, while the PR spokesperson, Neal Wilkins, was extremely vague when stating, "Four people from Victor Chandler were questioned by French police on Monday in respect of various aspects regarding entertaining at Longchamps. They were subsequently released without charges."

The incident happened during the Chandler's stay at the George V Hotel near the Champs-Elysees where he was temporarily residing for a meeting at Longchamps on Sunday. He and a group of associates were in town for an annual meeting of British race goers run by Horse Racing Abroad. Initially, the four men were allegedly found in possession of betting stubs and large bundles of Euro bills. While it remains in question as to whether they were actually questioned or arrested, they were soon released and asked not to leave the country.

Chandler is a longtime bookmaker who took his business to Gibraltar in 1999 and initiated a chain of events that is said to have led to the introduction of tax-free betting in the UK. His company, which includes, one of the largest gaming sites in the world, has grown since its inception by Victor's grandfather in 1946 into possibly the best known betting organization. The Gibraltar-based business has offices in the UK, Europe, and Asia, and it offers betting via phone or Internet in 164 countries.

On the website, Chandler is quoted, "There are very few thrills in life. Backing your hunches is one of the last ones left."

News Flash

The IRS Scores Big at 2015 WSOP ME Final Table

The IRS managed to snag 34.13 percent from the payouts of the 2015 November Nine, totaling $8,467,091.

Read more

Quick Room Review

Bonus Room review

Subscribe to the Nightly Turbo

Be the first to know all the latest poker news, tournament results, gossip and learn all about the best online poker deals straight from your inbox.

RSS Feed