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Poker Player Jailed for Threats

Plenty of online poker players have a hard time dealing with bad beats but Michael Gallagher from the UK has taken tilt to whole new levels (and ended up in jail as a result).

Upset at huge losses that he'd suffered playing online and believing the software was rigged, he sent an email to an unnamed online poker site he'd been playing on, threating to travel to their headquarters and "blow the f***ing brains out of every single person who crosses my path” unless the site put $50,000 into his account to cover his losses.

His email went on to say the following:

 "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."

To his credit, after sending the email he did send a follow-up the next day claiming he as drunk and didn't mean it, an argument that fell on deaf ears when he was hauled into court and agreed to a sentence of three months in jail.

18-Oct-2011, 03:40


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