Edwin Ting Latest to be Sentenced in New York High Stakes Poker Scandal
This week poker player Edwin Ting was sentenced in New York to five months in prison for his role in a high-stakes gambling ring that was uncovered by federal authorities last year. In total 34 people were charged in the case and Ting’s sentencing is just the latest of many.Last August Ting pleaded guilty to operating an illegal gambling business and in addition to his prison sentence he has been ordered to forfeit $2 million. However, Ting is just one of twenty-four defendants to plead guilty in this case.
Last month the “Poker Princess” Molly Bloom pleaded guilty to running illegal poker games in New York. Bloom told a judge that she, and others running the game, would take a rake from each pot. According to the indictment, the pots in cash games would regularly reach tens of thousands of dollars. Bloom will be sentenced in April, she is expected to serve probation or up to six months in prison.
Some of the first to plead guilty in this case were William Barbalat and Kirill Rapoport in August of last year. Barbalat agreed to a forfeit of $150,000 and was sentenced to two years of probation and 200 hours of community service while Rapaport agreed to a $250,000 forfeit and was sentenced to six months in jail.