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Ray Bitar in happier times.

Ray Bitar Takes a Plea

When former Full Tilt Poker CEO Ray Bitar turned himself in to US authorities after two years on the run, no one was quite sure what would happen. Would the big man rot in jail or slip past the law again?

In the end, he quietly, and expensively, accepted a plea bargain from prosecutors.

In exchange for his guilty plea, Bitar skirted prison, but paid around $40 million for the privilege – and his troubles didn’t end there. The big man at the center of the Black Friday scandal is in desperate need of a heart transplant and could be dead within a year if he doesn’t get one.

He definitely keeps things interesting and is one of gambling’s most notorious figures.

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