Gambling snitch Daniel Tzvetkoff likely to avoid jail

Full Tilt Poker 2Courier Mail – Daniel Tzvetkoff, the Queensland business whiz who became an informant and key player in the shutting down of America’s multimillion-dollar online poker industry, could avoid more jail time in the US.

Tzvetkoff faced a 75-year sentence in a federal jail when he was arrested in Las Vegas in 2010 for illegally processing more than $US1 billion, but the 31-year-old, along with his parents and mother-in-law, have made a passionate plea to a New York judge ahead of his sentencing.

Tzvetkoff, who handed over more than 90,000 documents to US prosecutors that helped them go after the heads of three of the world’s biggest gambling companies – PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker and Absolute Poker – was released from a New York prison four months after his arrest, went into hiding in the US and pleaded guilty to bank fraud and money-laundering charges. He has recently been living and working in Australia.

It appears the assistance Tzvetkoff gave to prosecutors has paid off. A probation report recommends a sentence of between six and 12 months’ jail.

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