Kansas poker host receives probation for illegal games
The man organized invitation-only games before being busted by police
The FBI has been cracking down on illegal gambling in the country, most notably in areas in the Midwest. Kansas has been a favorite target of law enforcement, busting a number of rackets that ensnared not just everyday criminals, but politicians and police, as well. One of the individuals who was caught by the FBI was a man from Wichita, KS, who got off light by most estimations.
Daven Flax was busted for several crimes. Not only was he running invitation-only poker games, but he was also working as a bookie for an illegal sportsbook. As a poker host, he would arrange the games and take a cut of the action. He was responsible for selecting the locations for the games, as well as hiring dealers, waitresses and other employees to run the events.
As a bookie, the 48-year-old flax ran bets for a larger bookie, acting as an intermediary and facilitator of the wagers. He would be the go-to person for gamblers, communicating the wagers to an illegal sportsbook located in Costa Rica to be registered.
The FBI determined that, through all of his activity, Flax earned around $346,000, which he “forgot” to report to Uncle Sam. For his crimes, he won’t be spending any time behind bars. A federal judge has ordered him to two years’ probation and forfeiture of $117,161 to the IRS to cover his tax liability.
Flax could have been sentenced to as many as five years behind bars and fined more than $250,000. He should be dancing with joy for not receiving a more severe punishment.