If you see Samuel McMaster Jr., 59, at the poker table this year, do not bother him. He is working off his criminal sentence. The convicted con artist accepted a plea bargain after defrauding 20 victims — and agreed to play poker to pay off his debt.
Since the Internal Revenue Service recognizes poker playing as a legitimate occupation, McMaster was able to pledge to gamble to pay his debt to society.
He was originally indicted on 44 counts each of sale of unregistered securities, sale of securities by an unlicensed broker-dealer, fraudulent sale of a security; 44 counts of fraud or embezzlement and one count of racketeering. He faced 549 years in jail. He stole over $400,000.
McMaster has six months in his “play to pay” plea bargain.
Luck better be a lady because if he fails to make just two payments, he has to return to face up to 12 years in prison. His best prior showing at the card table was 2nd place at the Bellagio — winning him a total of $12,550 for that tournament.
The fascinating thing will be what he uses for stakes. Since he pleaded guilty and is in debt to this victims, where does he get the scratch to play?
If you are playing with him, you might want to refrain from using such common poker terms as “busted” and “under the gun.”
4 thoughts on “The Ultimate Game of Holdem: New Mexico Man Allowed To Play Poker To Pay Off Fraud Victims”
Plus it doesn’t have to be tournament play; in Vegas you can sit down with a hundred bucks and play at the regular tables. When my nephew was fifteen he earned $300 in a week just going door to door and mowing lawns. And with my electric mower so he had no gas expenses!
Well, he can always sell off a personal posession or two. Get on Craigslist and sell the flatscreen, or the laptop, or his car or watch or iPod. One can play poker without those things.
I believe it is time to order yearly psychological testing for all judges … they are becoming a truly squirrelly bunch
Well there are folks that will “Stake” you for a percentage of the winnings. I have a former attorney friend that game up the practice and finances poker players…I think the odds are on his side at the table rather than the bench and bar…..
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