Poker Pro Justin “BoostedJ” Smith Sentenced to Two Years’ Probation
The poker professional Justin “BoostedJ” Smith has been sentenced to probation for his role in an illegal gambling ring tied to Russian organized crime. Smith was sentenced to two years’ probation by Judge Jesse M. Furman with the condition that he spends the first three months confined at home. He must also serve 200 hours of community service.
Last August Smith pleaded guilty to a charge of aiding in an illegal sports gambling business. He was accused of being a small part in a $100 million sports gambling operation where he would place bets for friends through the website operated by the head of the betting ring.
Smith made a name for himself on the World Poker Tour by reaching three final tables in three years. He came third in the 2009 WPT $15,000 Bellagio Cup and second in the 2010 WPT $10,000 Bellagio Cup. In total his live tournament winnings exceed $2.1 million.
He was largely absent from the game last year, however he did play in a few events as the WSOP. Last week he tweeted that 2013 was the most “impactful” year of his life and said “Gotta take any opportunity to attain some knowledge to move forward better. Keep moving.”