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Poker legend Brunson criticizes PartyPoker co-founder

30 Dec 2008

As reported by IGamingBusiness: "In America, professional poker player Doyle 'Texas Dolly' Brunson has criticized the recent decision by co-founder Anurag Dikshit to plead guilty to violations of the Wire Act in Federal Court.

"...India-born Dikshit created the software platform for the Gibraltar-based online gambling operator in 1997 and remains its largest shareholder with 28 percent. He pled guilty two weeks ago in the Southern District New York to violations of the 1961 Wire Act and agreed to pay $300 million in fines and assist authorities with their ongoing investigations.

"...'One thing for sure, Anurag Dikshit is appropriately named,' Brunson wrote on his blog at

"'Dikshit was one of the owners of and became a multi-billionaire when Party went public. It looks like he would feel a sense of obligation to online poker, the industry that made him a rich man. Instead, he folded up like an accordion and pled guilty to breaking some kind of mystery law and is paying a $300 million dollar fine and a possible two-year jail term.

"'It certainly created some ill will from the other online poker sites. I personally can't imagine what was going through his mind when he made his decision...'"

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