GoFundMe Account Established for Bryan Micon’s Defense in Nevada

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On the heels of an arrest warrantfiled against him in a Las Vegas court, friends and acquaintances of embattled poker player Bryan Micon (pictured) are supporting a GoFundMe account that Micon started in an attempt to raise money for his legal defense.

Started on Monday, the “Bryan Micon Legal Defense Fund” is looking to raise $100,000, which might be a mere pittance in what could be a lengthy case. In the body of the account information, the verbiage appears to have been written by Micon. He said, “I have committed no wrongdoing and have retained the legal services of Chesnoff & Schonfeld.”

Micon admitted, however, that “the price for representation will quickly deplete my funds and I am asking for donations from anyone who feels like helping me.” Micon finished off his statement on his GoFundMe page by saying, “As a husband, father of a 2-year old girl, and outspoken Bitcoin advocate, I desire nothing more than to continue to be with my wife, raise my daughter, and continue to build layers on top of the Bitcoin protocol. The state of Nevada desires to take that away from me… Please help me fight.”

In the less than 24 hours that the site has been active, there has been $1,940 donated to the Micon cause by 22 people. Several people have donated anonymously, including a $1,000 donation, and several prominent names have decided to stand beside Micon during his difficulties.

By far the largest donation by an attributable source is “Hollywood Dave” Stann, the former blackjack champion and poker professional, who has donated $250. On GoFundMe, Stann stated, “You had me at ‘math does not bow to guns,'” and remarked over Twitter, “Help strike a blow against government overreach. This case has ‘Supreme Court landmark decision’ written all over it.”

Several other notables have stepped up in support of Micon. Online player Gary Feldman has donated $100, poker journalist Lee Davy pitched in $50, and two other professional players offered their financial support.

In putting up $100, three-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner Dutch Boyd (pictured) said on the GoFundMe page, “We want to see you back in Vegas bracelet hunting… Good luck,” and added over Facebook, “How is it that [Russ] Hamilton is golfing in Vegas while Micon is facing ten years?” Also spotting $100, Randy Dorfman added, “Truly disgusting they chose Bryan to go after, while Full Tilt, Lederer, and crew basically got away with murder.”

In analyzing the case, it could go either way depending on how strictly the charges are followed. Charging Micon with one count of operating an unlicensed interactive gaming system, the Nevada Attorney General’s office could have a solid case on that front. It is illegal in the state of Nevada to offer any type of gaming unless it has been licensed by the Nevada Gaming Control Board.

As this case is about online gaming and, in particular, poker, the Attorney General’s office is looking to enforce the laws on the books and protect the online poker industry of Nevada, of which it could be construed that Micon’s SealsWithClubs online poker site was poaching players from.

Advocates for Micon have raised the issue thatSealsWithClubs wasn’t dealing in any financials but using Bitcoin for its operations. The usage of Bitcoin as currency is an extremely gray area, as several governments have questioned its legitimacy. It has also brought about several arrests and Bitcoin seizures, including the now-infamous Silk Road case from 2013 that allegedly trafficked in illegal drugs and other materials.

If found guilty of the charge, Micon, who is currently in Antigua, a country not known for extraditing online gaming figures to the United States (allegedly Scott Tom of Absolute Poker and Bodog founder Calvin Ayre live on the island), could be sentenced to up to 10 years in prison and face a $50,000 fine.

19 COMMENTS

    • lol at asking for peeps to pay ur legal fees when u ran a shady bitcoin op from the US…..

      lol this. I don’t know if it was shady but like he didn’t know he was breaking the law when he started the site

    • It took pocketfives a while to reset my password. Luckily I had a chance to make an epic first post such as this one. In case you lost the message within the message…it translates to “no man” thanks chrisp200 sorry about your luck bbuhbowler

    • So on one hand they want Bitcoin accepted as a universal form of currency but when one of the Bitcoin fanatics gets pinched Bitcoin is suddenly play chips and he committed no wrongdoing by running a gaming site for American players and profiting from it. AND how is Micon not seriously loaded at this point? Not only did he have a piece of SWC but he was also praising the future for bit coin when prices were under 10$ and continued praising all the way to $1,000.

    • So on one hand they want Bitcoin accepted as a universal form of currency but when one of the Bitcoin fanatics gets pinched Bitcoin is suddenly play chips and he committed no wrongdoing by running a gaming site for American players and profiting from it. AND how is Micon not seriously loaded at this point? Not only did he have a piece of SWC but he was also praising the future for bit coin when prices were under 10$ and continued praising all the way to $1,000.

      You bring up an outstanding point, Duffy. You can’t play it both ways and some that support Micon have used the argument you presented as a defense. Allegedly, Micon took down $10-$12K a month while operating Bitcoin…I wouldn’t say that he was “seriously loaded” but a little money management would have been in line here (then again, we are talking about a guy who called himself the “King of the Degenerates”). If the Nevada AG strictly sticks to prosecuting Micon on the unlicensed gaming operation charge and doesn’t get into the Bitcoin issue or other peripheral matters, the case is pretty much a slam dunk for the AG, in my opinion.

    • JDoug….Ur stupidity and utter disregard for the 5000+ that lost there lives in this natural disaster amazes me. Not to mention how many ppl r displaced..no food/shelter/job/home w families to care for praying for relief. Take ur $0.50 donation and try to buy a new brain u micro stakes TUNA.