Bryan Micon Cuts Deal and Pleads Guilty In SealsWithClubs Case

The Bitcoin has attracted many creative geniuses, whom have created various businesses based upon the Bitcoin as a payment method or by using its technology. One of those people is Bryan Micon, who was the face of the now shut down SealsWithClubs and the owner of SWCPoker.

Micon helped the Bitcoin poker industry get to the next level, after being stuck with a couple of small-time operators who had no clue on how to get liquidity into a room. Micon started different marketing campaigns and slowly build up the reputation that made SealsWithClubs the Pokerstars of Bitcoin poker.

But just like most things, SealsWithClubs came to an end. The management didn’t feel that they could continue to operate the room after yet another attack on their servers and decided to shut down the site in February of this year.

Micon decided that he would not let the attackers decide if he should run a poker room or not and opened up his own room SWCPoker, which was a descendant of Seals, just without the original management team.

Micon believed that he could transfer over most of the player base from Seals and continue to operate a successful room with the new software he had purchased, along with other improvements.

Micon didn’t make it that far in his plans however, as his home in Las Vegas was raided and once he flead to Antigua, a warrant for his arrest was released

It was believed that Micon would not return to the US again to face his charges, as Antigua is a safe place to hide for those wanted by the US police and agencies. However Micon did return to face his charges, after his lawyer got him a plea-deal.

Micon pleaded guilty to having run an unlicensed interactive gaming system in the state of Nevada. By pleading guilty, Micon will, according to his lawyer, avoid any jail-time for the crime he did. Micon will instead be on probation for an unknown amount of time and if he completes that he will be able to plead to one gross misdemeanor count of conspiracy to operate unlicensed interactive gaming systems.

Furthermore Micon will also have to pay a $25,000 fine for having run the illegal gaming site, as well as forfeit properties seized in the raid, which includes $900 in cash, around three Bitcoins and a ton of electronic equipment.

The deal is still quite good for Micon however, as he initially faced upwards of 10 years in prison and a $50,000 fine for having run SealsWithClubs. Micon himself has not made any official comments on the case yet, but we feel confident that he is happy with the sentence despite of his beliefs that the US is killing the creativity in the country.

The official sentence in the case will be made in November of this year and will determine what Micon’s official punishment will be, should he complete his probation.

Arrest Warrant Issued In Nevada For Bryan Micon

While the Bitcoin is moving forward like an unstoppable train across the world, with more and more companies embracing the coin and more merchants accepting it, it’s not everyone who is currently enjoying it as much.

Bryan Micon, professional poker player, former chairman of SealsWithClubs and current owner of SwCpoker, has got a arrest warrant issued on him in the state of Nevada, which practically means that if he goes to the US he will be arrested.

Micon has been charged with a Class B felony, for operating an unlicensed and unregulated poker site in the state of Nevada. Should he be arrested, trialed and found guilty, Micon can be looking at up to 10 years in prison and a fine upwards of $50,000.

While there are no exact details available from the state attorney yet, they have announced that they will be hosting a press conference to give the press the details about the case and what it is exactly that Micon did that was against the law.

What we do know is that the charges against Micon is for running the Bitcoin poker site SealsWithClubs, which was shut down in February, right after Micon’s Las Vegas residence was raided by local police forces and the Nevada Gaming Commission. 

The police raid was unwarranted and Micon explained in this video that his house door was kicked down by police forces with big guns, who didn’t listen when he said that he wasn’t going to do anything. Furthermore they scared his kids and wife during the raid, only to confiscate a few computers.

“A bunch of guys with guns broke down my door, put me in handcuffs, serving a warrant from the Nevada gaming commission. The 10 agents stole most of my electronics” Micon says in the video, adding:

“After I was lead out in handcuffs in my underwear, it was pretty clear that it was proper to leave sooner rather than later and I didn’t really want my two-year-old daughter, whom I love very much, to grow up in a police state where creativity was met with guns and what not.”

Shortly after the raid, SealsWithClubs shut down and asked players to cash out their Bitcoins as soon as possible to avoid troubles. Micon then decided that he wanted to continue operating SealsWithClubs and opened up its sister-site SwCpoker, which is currently operating without issues.

The case in general seems a bit like an overkill as SealsWithClubs was not making millions from offering Bitcoin poker. While they did serve US players, there are plenty of bigger poker networks and sites out there who does the same.

Micon left for Antigua shortly after the raid in his home and probably doesn’t plan on going back to the US to face a trial for operating a Bitcoin poker site in the state. Micon stated through his lawyer that he doesn’t feel like he did anything wrong or unethical in operating the site.

“Bryan has always maintained that he committed no wrongdoing, but I’m not in a position to comment on the Attorney General’s filing because I haven’t seen it,” said defense attorney Richard Schonfeld to ReviewJournal.com.