In 2014, Bryan Micon fled from the United States after his online poker site Seals with Clubs was shut down and his home raided by authorities. The Seals with Clubs site operated on Bitcoin and was accused of operating illegally without licensing within the state of Nevada. After the raid, Micon left for Antiqua and has been quiet ever since.
Just this past week, it was revealed that an arrest warrant for Micon was revoked so the poker player could return to Nevada and face charges. Yesterday, the poker player pled guilty to a lesser charge which would allow him to avoid jail time. If he had not agreed to the lesser charge, he would have faced as much as 10 years in prison, something he wanted to avoid as a father.
According to reports, the plea deal was a reduction in the felony charge to one of a gross misdemeanor. Micon will be on probation and will have to pay a fine of $25,000. This is a very light penalty when considering the original charges against him and his flight from the country. However, it seems as though officials are trying to be lenient in the case.
It is believed that the case against Bryan Micon in Nevada is the first of its kind after legalizing online poker. However, the activity is only open to operators who are licensed within the state and their technological partners.
In this case, Micon used David Chesnoff, an attorney of Las Vegas to represent him. Chesnoff is a common choice among poker players including Dan Bilzerian, Paul Phua and Phil Ivey.
For now, Micon can rest easy thanks to the lesser charge and smaller penalty. It will be interesting to see what the pro decides to do next in lieu of a career.