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Thursday, 20 October 2011 08:09

Poker and Prison

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A British man has been sentenced to six months’ imprisonment for sending death threats to an online poker company.

A British man brought a new dimension to being ‘on tilt’ after being jailed for sending an email containing death threats to an online poker company.


Michael Gallagher, 35, wasn’t the best poker player. He lost almost £20,000 at an unnamed poker site between June of last year and May of this year and instead of getting some education or simply trying a different game, he blamed the Random Number Generator responsible for determining which cards are dealt to each player. He wrote several emails to the company, thought to be Pokerstars, accusing it of deliberately dealing him weak cards.


Pokerstars, one of the best poker sites in the market, has an award-winning support team and it responded to Gallagher, who was dissatisfied with the response. His next email stated that he would travel to the company’s headquarters in Douglas and “blow the f***ing brains out of every single person who crosses my path” unless they placed £33,000 into his account.


“I hope you take me seriously because I swear to God I’m going to do it. I will have my vengeance. I have planned this for six months. It’s what makes me sleep a night. Drifting off to sleep, thinking about what I am going to do, knowing full well that the butchering I do will get you exposed for what you are… I will gladly take a life sentence for that. Believe me, it will be my finest hour… $50,000 in my account, or believe me, you will all be dead.”


Everything is always a little different in the morning, and Gallagher woke up and wrote another email apologising and putting it down to the fact that he was drunk. But the company had already alerted authorities, who arrested Gallagher later that day, charging him with blackmail.
Judge Fox, who presided over the case, said that he was surprised that Gallagher had been allowed to plead out to the lesser offense of ‘electronic communication conveying a threat’ and sentenced him to six months in jail.


Clearly, Gallagher should’ve stuck to free poker.