NYer gets prison in massive high-stakes poker case

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NEW YORK (AP) - Another defendant in a massive high-stakes poker games case has been sentenced to prison.

Edwin Ting, of New York City, was charged in April 2013 along with 33 other alleged members and associates of two Russian-American organized crime enterprises. Ting was sentenced Tuesday in Manhattan federal court to five months in prison and ordered to forfeit $2 million.

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara says that from 2010 through 2013, Ting ran poker games with pots that reached hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Authorities say players in the underground network included professional athletes, Hollywood luminaries and business executives.

Playing poker isn’t a crime, but it’s illegal to profit by promoting it.

Twenty-five of the defendants have pleaded guilty. They’ve agreed to forfeit a total of more than $68 million.

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