Bryan Micon, a Las Vegas professional gambler and former operator of the bitcoin poker site Seals with Clubs was fined $25,000 and placed on up to two years of probation on Tuesday after pleading guilty to a criminal charge of operating an unlicensed interactive gambling system.
The sentencing, which also required Micon to forfeit certain items seized by police, follows a deal Micon worked out with Nevada prosecutors this summer. Micon was formally charged with operating an unlicensed interactive gaming system in April following raids on his Nevada residence in February. After that, Micon and his family left the United States for Antigua, a Caribbean island and returned to Nevada once charges were filed against him.
Micon’s case was unique in that it was Nevada’s first prosecution of an illegal online gambling operation since the state launched its regulated online poker market in April 2013. It also marked the first US state-level prosecution of a Bitcoin-only online gambling site.