Party Gaming’s Anurag Dikshit avoids jail
Co-founder of online gambling giant, Party Gaming, has avoided jail and received one year on probation after admitting to breaking the Wire Act of 1961 over two years ago.
Anurag has also paid a massive $300million and agreed with prosecutors to co-operate with their further investigations. The case has caused controversy in the States amoung the poker playing community as to why only Anurag and the Party Gaming brand was brought before the courts and not Full Tilt Poker who still actively accept US players.
The fine and probation handed to Anurag has confused other online poker companies based in the states- questions have been raised as to why others such as Chris Ferguson and Howard Lederer, who are believed to own Full Tilt Poker, have not faced similar charges.
Poker veteran Doyle Brunson also expressed his confusing at the saga “It looks like he would feel a sense of obligation to online poker, the industry that made him a rich man. Instead, he folded up like an accordion and pled guilty to breaking some kind of mystery law and is paying a 300 million dollar fine and possible two-year jail term.”