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Poker News | Gambling and the Law

Edwin Ting to serve Five Months in Prison and forfeit $2M

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Poker player Edwin Ting went before a federal judge in Manhattan for sentencing according to the Associated Press. On Tuesday, January 25th, Ting was sentenced to five months in prison and ordered to forfeit $2 million.

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said that Ting was running illegal high-stakes poker games from 2010 to 2013. Bharara's name can be linked to indictments that brought about the fall of online poker and many individuals that were linked to online gaming.

Ting is known in high-stakes poker cash game circles around the world and also finished in 99th place for $39,570 in the 2008 World Poker Tour $25,000 Championship.

High-stakes pro Justin "BoostedJ" Smith went before a judge for sentencing two weeks ago for dealings with the same illegal, Russian gambling ring. Smith's sentence has him confined to home for three months and serving 200 hours of community service.

Of the 34 that were indicted in the case, 25 of the defendants have pleaded guilty and were ordered to forfeit more than $68 million.

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