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If you're looking for a little "Louis XIV-inspired, three-floor penthouse" in Las Vegas, look no further than a $4.9 million pad just put on the market by Barry Shulman and his wife Allyn, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. You thought your condo was upscale, but this one has "columns, chandeliers, and wall sconces… even in closets and baths. Most of the walls are covered in fabric and rope trim, framed with wood molding with 18-carat gold-leaf filigree to achieve an Old World look." The abode comes in at 5,467 square feet and is located on Desert Inn Road near Paradise Road. If you think $4.9 million is a shade high, keep in mind that according to the Review-Journal, Shulman spent $7 million designing the interior. The condo even has a rooftop deck for a little Las Vegas sunbathing. There's a marble staircase, a crystal chandelier from Italy, and a tricked-out home theater. What's not to like? The rooftop deck alone is 2,200 square feet and according to the story has "a barbecue and dining area around the corner from an elevated Jacuzzi overlooking the Strip. The 360-degree scenic view includes the Wynn Golf Course to the south. There is a foot of space between the deck floor and the building roof, which was necessary to support the Jacuzzi and other furniture." One of the toilets has a heated seat and the master bedroom sports gold leaf trimming. Yes, it sounds like we're describing a castle in France. There are two bedroom suites, two guest rooms with attached full baths, and the cabinets in the kitchen are lined with gold. Why not? Shulman (pictured) is the CEO of CardPlayerand has two World Series of Poker bracelets. He has almost $5 million in career live tournament winnings, according to the Hendon Mob, and his son Jeff made the WSOP November Nine in 2009. Barry has a pretty robust JetSetWay blog that chronicles his adventures around the world, most recently in Hong Kong. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
Shelby “Anna” McCann, a former controller of CardPlayer Magazine, was indicted on two dozen felony counts stemming from an accusation that she stole more than $1 million from the longtime poker publication. She faces 23 counts of theft and one count of unlawful acts regarding computers. According to the Las Vegas Review Journal, McCann allegedly began stealing from the organization almost immediately after they hired her, just a few months after Black Friday occurred, in September 2011. Chief Deputy District Attorney Jay P. Raman said that McCann abused her position by writing checks to herself, increased her own salary without permission and paid off personal debt with corporate funds. Over the course of her five-year employment with Card Player, the amount disputed is over $1.1 million. According to McCann’s own LinkedIn page, her duties at CardPlayer included “control of all incoming/outgoing revenue” as well as “Daily operations management…including all financials, document retention, acquisitions, human resources, compliance, international and banking.” CardPlayer was founded in 1988 and purchased by Barry and Allyn Jaffrey Shulman in 1998. Aside from the magazine, the Shulman's have a long history in the game of poker including both having won World Series of Poker bracelets. Allyn Jaffrey Shulman won the 2012 WSOP Seniors Event and Barry Shulman was victorious in the 2009 WSOP Europe Main Event. CardPlayer President and editor, Jeff Shulman, was also a member of the 2009 November Nine. Allyn Shulman, who reportedly testified at the grand jury trial, spoke with David Ferrara of the LVRJ in a telephone interview. “All of a sudden there was no money to pay the bills,” Shulman said. “This made us start thinking: What the heck is going on?” McCann, who uses the first name Anna in her online profiles, has a number of crowdfunding pages associated with her name. One, dedicated to a possible adoption by McCann and her husband Benjamin, was allegedly used to funnel up to $22,000. McCann also has a legal defense GoFundMe page started by her husband that, in the description, asserts that the charges are “absurd.” The description goes on to say: “Without giving too much detail, they reported to police that every dime she made there over a base $37k/year salary was fraudulent and unauthorized. Anna had worked for 2 law firms in CA in the capacity as a controller/ Accountant before this employer. She was bonded in both CA and NV. “This is vindictive retaliation and I am fully motivated to defend Anna and punish the individuals responsible for inflicting this type of harm to her and our family. “But I need help. This is entertainment to her accusers and they have deep pockets. My initial goal is to cover her bail bond and to provide a retainer to a defense attorney. “ “Anna’s Legal Defense Fund” GoFundMe currently has $468 of its $20,000 goal reached.
On the heels of the 2018 World Series of Poker, the month of August is usually a reset for many in the poker world after they take some time to recharge from the strenuous Vegas grind. That doesn't mean the news slows down, though. Here are PocketFives’ top stories from August. Former CardPlayer Employee Charged With Theft of $1.1M from Company August closed with a bang as far as news headlines were concerned, after it was made known that Shelby "Anna" McCann, a former employee of poker media outlet CardPlayer, was charged with the theft of $1.1 million from the company. As reported by the Las Vegas Review-Journal, McCann had been stealing from the company for quite some time, writing checks to herself, increasing her own salary without approval, and paying off personal debt with company money. READ: Former CardPlayer Employee Charged With Theft of $1.1M from Company Badziakouski Wins EPT Barcelona €100K Super High Roller for €1.65M Mikita Badziakouski has had himself quite the 2018. Entering the December Super High Roller Bowl, Badziakouski had already earned more than $14.5 million on the live felt, including four seven-figure scores. One of those huge scores came in August when Badziakouski won the EPT Barcelona €100,000 Super High Roller. Badziakouski topped a field of 54 entries in the six-figure buy-in tournament to continue his incredible pace in 2018. He won the event for the third-largest score of his live tournament career, €1.65 million, and did so in one of the toughest high-stakes tournaments in the world. READ: Badziakouski Wins EPT Barcelona €100K Super High Roller for €1.65M SHRPO Big 4: Eisen Wins Championship, Foxen Goes Back-to-Back Seminole Hard Rock's 'Big 4' group of poker events has quickly risen the ranks as one of the best tournament festivals in the world. This year's event saw Brandon Eisen, Alex Foxen, Marc MacDonnell, and Jake Schindler earn the four major victories. Foxen's win stuck out in particular, and it’s because the event he won, the $2,650 No-Limit Hold'em event, was the same one he won the year before. In 2018, he took home $208,452 for topping a field of 422 entries. In 2017, he bested a field of 395 entries to win $204,600. READ: Eisen Wins Championship, Foxen Goes Back-to-Back The Year of the Fox: Alex Foxen Now Living the Poker Dream Sticking with Foxen, PocketFives' Jeff Walsh sat down with the poker pro in August to discuss the year he was having, bookended by the two SHRPO wins in South Florida. At the time, Foxen stated that he was "aiming to reach #1 in the GPI rankings." He reached that goal in October and remained #1 on the GPI for the rest of the year. READ: Alex Foxen Now Living the Poker Dream SUNDAY MAJORS: Sunday Million DDoS’d; Moorman, Leonard Win Elsewhere Although the names of Chris Moorman and Patrick Leonard are included in the headline on this story, the big story from Sunday, August 12, was that PokerStars had to cancel many of its tournaments due to a DDoS attack across its network that caused outages in events such as the Sunday Million, Sunday Warm-Up, High Roller, and Bounty Builder High Roller, with refunds and prize money distributed. In more positive news from this Sunday, Moorman and Leonard both scored sizable victories on the platforms of their sponsors. READ: Sunday Million DDoS’d; Moorman, Leonard Win Elsewhere ‘hellohellohello’ Wins August Monthly PLB Title PocketFiver 'hellohellohello' claimed the Monthly PLB title for August with 3,062.21 points. His biggest score came on August 19 when he won the PokerStars Sunday Million for $160,888 and 1,091.60 points. He also won the PokerStars $1,050 Thursday Thrill [Progressive KO], $175K Gtd for $27,270 and 378.15 points during August.