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Poker Pro Michael Borovetz arrested again at Detroit Airport for Scamming Travelers

Tags: Detroit, Michael Borovetz, scam.
Posted on 16 August 2019 by "T".

A professional poker player with a past history of fraud convictions at USA airports that spanned 13 states is facing charges once again after he was arrested on Saturday at the Detroit Metropolitan Airport.

Police said Michael Borovetz, age 44, had a pretty believable ‘sob story'. His modus operandi was to approach travelers and get them to believe his "sad story in an attempt to get money, while promising to pay it back", according to a news report released Tuesday from the Wayne County Airport Authority.

As soon as he received the money, the poor victims will never see nor hear from him again.

According to the Hendon Mob, Borovetz from Pittsburgh has a total live earnings worth $589,958. Despite his pretty nice earnings in the past from playing professional poker, he admitted that he has a gambling problem and hasn't yet reported any live cashes so far this year. Since 2015, his poker earnings equate to $24,865, which means he had an income of less than $5,000 per year from his pro poker activities.


Apparently, he confessed in 2014 via a poker forum about his airport scam and explained that after he told a sad story to a very nice person who gave him money in the end, he will then gamble the cash and try to "win more money so I don't have to go to the airport anymore."

Authorities have received numerous complaints about Borovetz since 2015.

On Saturday, August 10, he was arrested thanks to a tip saying he would be spotted at Metro Airport while he was on his way from Seattle to Miami for a gambling-related trip.

On Monday, Borovetz was arraigned on two counts of false pretenses with intent to defraud. Both charges are misdemeanors punishable by a year behind bars. His bond was set at $100,000 or 10%.

Source:
https://nypost.com/2019/08/14/poker-player-michael-borovetz-busted-for-scamming-travelers-for-years/

 


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15 comments for "Poker Pro Michael Borovetz arrested again at Detroit Airport for Scamming Travelers"

 Mober16/08/2019 13:07:35 GMT
I doubt you can call him a poker professional player,
since he has been arrested again for scamming?
Maybe a professional scammer fits the description of him more.
I dont know what the penalty was for him the previous time, but i bet that this time will be a bigger one Smile
 gufra2016/08/2019 13:36:21 GMT
It is rare that just telling a sad story gives people money. I think it's also a problem for people at airports that are very naive ... they should paste their photo in all airports since this guy has a modus operantis and could continue to do so. as he already has a problem with the game and should be treated by a professional.
 CALICUL16/08/2019 15:52:36 GMT
Professional players they are also normal people and they commit many illegal things. He is not alone. Black friday, Justin Bonomo, Phil Ivey, this person, others who borrowed money and now they are in prison. This news is not amazing, because people have the great talent to do things of this kind.
 bowie198416/08/2019 21:15:17 GMT
I don't think he is a poker pro because those are live off their earnings and so far this guy seems to do none of that. He is just a professional scam artist who sometimes plays some cards among other things.
 gufra2017/08/2019 20:36:18 GMT
Posted by bowie1984:
I don't think he is a poker pro because those are live off their earnings and so far this guy seems to do none of that. He is just a professional scam artist who sometimes plays some cards among other things.

I think they call him a poker professional because at some point he was listed as such and made a good management of his banking. What happened next was that he became a ludopate and as he himself recognizes he could not get out of that problem. Sometimes despair leads us to take extreme measures. but in the case of him he was recurrent so that is already wrong and also what they give him plays it.
 CALICUL18/08/2019 09:23:50 GMT
He is not a professional player of higher category but he earned $ 589,958 in his career. Best live cash is $66,240. It's nice money but he still has work to do and to become a more valuable player need to have some good winnings. Maybe after the prison or maybe not.
 dule-vu18/08/2019 10:28:32 GMT
one thing is to help to somebody,but other story is when you give to person like this lot of money and you believe them that they will back to you money,especially when you see this person for first time and on airport!dont know,but I would arrest him!you cant tell me that he got lot of money from people on airports!maybe few hundreds top!
 bowie198418/08/2019 16:51:31 GMT
Posted by gufra20:
Sometimes despair leads us to take extreme measures. but in the case of him he was recurrent so that is already wrong and also what they give him plays it.

In this case he could have just go to work in a Mcdonalds like other desperate people would do.
 CALICUL19/08/2019 09:32:21 GMT
It's a shame to work at McDonalds when you are over 30 years old. However, there are many jobs shameful or not but some people prefers to do illegal things to make money. Each with his own decisions but he probably has no credibility to borrow money and he chose a bad method... Smile
 bowie198419/08/2019 21:27:06 GMT
Posted by CALICUL:
It's a shame to work at McDonalds when you are over 30 years old. However, there are many jobs shameful or not but some people prefers to do illegal things to make money.

I don't think it's a shame - but McD's is famously hiring two kinds of people: young ones/students and desperate ones/those who had no other opportunity. There nothing shameful being one or the other, it's a job just like everything else.
 CALICUL20/08/2019 12:52:13 GMT
I only saw young people at McDonalds but maybe those who prepare the food are older. I don't eat there because they have an old food and it is a danger for health. I just know that in many countries, the people who work there, they are the reason for laughter of many people.
 Mober20/08/2019 14:46:21 GMT
I havent heard of anyone so far making fun of the people working in the mcdonalds
or any other burger house if that matters. You are the only one so far.
What kind of beliefs are these any way???
It is a work, like all the others. There is no shame to it.
 CALICUL21/08/2019 12:55:42 GMT
This is not just about shame. There are several things and when you think about what food offers this chain of fast food restaurants and the fact that many young people work here it's funny. There are other things but i don't want to say them here, so as not to offend certain people because in McDonalds work a lot of people from different social classes.
 pajalnick21/08/2019 18:58:38 GMT
Of course, this is a terrible combination when a professional poker player becomes a scammer and tries to trick people, but sometimes this happens people are weak and therefore many people have vices but someone can hold them in their hands and someone goes about the devil and go to hell Of course, everyone. And here we love honest people.
 bowie198422/08/2019 21:23:25 GMT
Posted by Mober:
I havent heard of anyone so far making fun of the people working in the mcdonalds
or any other burger house if that matters. You are the only one so far.
What kind of beliefs are these any way???

Yeah, I mean there are a lot of reasons why people work in different places and just because somebody thinks fast food is not up to his culinary standards it doesn't mean those who prepare it daily are laughable. It's weird to say that even on a forum like this one.

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