Wichita Poker Players Guilty of Illegal Gambling

Danny Chapman and Daven Flax were charged on the 9th of January for operating an illegal gambling circuit. Chapman pled guilty to being an operator in a betting circuit and also evading tax. Flax pled guilty to running an illegal gambling circuit and submitting erroneous tax information on a return. The intricacies of their cases were availed on 12 January to the media by US Attorney Tom Beall’s office.

Chapman confessed to operating an internet betting site from January 2013 to February 2017. Chapman said that he took bets from elite clients and used sites in Costa Rica to transact. The court documents state that Chapman earned more than $2000 a day from the illegal transactions and evaded $345000 in income tax.

Flax and Chapman hosted together high-risk poker games to elite clients at different businesses in Wichita. The Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) wiretapped Chapman’s and Flax’s phones. The FBI applied the same method of investigation to Brandon Steven and Rodney Steven’s phone. The two brothers had previously applied for a Kansas casino license, which was repudiated.

Brandon and Rodney Steven

Brandon is the best poker player in Kansas. He has won more than $3m in tournaments listed on the Hendon Mob. No charges have been laid against Steven even though the authorities are in possession of the recorded conversations.

“I’m aware of the broad nature of this inquiry. As you know and everybody knows, I play high-stakes poker. And from what we understand, they are looking into my poker and my involvement with the Castle Rock Casino.”

Steven said to Kansas.com last year February.

Brandon Steven did not want to comment on his involvement in any of the cases. The FBI also tapped the phones of the present Sedgwick County Commissioner Michael O’Donnell as well as another 3 poker players from Wichita. The FBI is monitoring illegal gambling activities and arresting culprits to decrease the illegal gambling activities. Anybody considering engaging in such activities has been warned not to do it as the FBI will take drastic measures, such as tap your phone, to indict you.

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