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Illegal Russian gangster-run A-list poker ring, formerly attended by Alex Rodriguez, gets busted

Apr 17, 2013, 2:04 PM EST

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In August 2011, Alex Rodriguez was called on the carpet by Major League Baseball for allegedly being involved in “an underground, illegal poker game where cocaine was openly used,” to quote the tabloid reports at the time. He met with the league and nothing happened apart from him promising not to hang out at underground, illegal poker games where cocaine is openly used anymore.  Which seems sorta reasonable.

Here’s hoping he kept his promise, because that underground, illegal poker ring got busted yesterday, according to the Daily News. And this one has Russian gangsters in it!

An ultraexclusive, high-stakes, illegal poker ring run by Russian gangsters for Wall Street multimillionaires and celebrities like Alex Rodriguez folded on Tuesday, authorities said.

Federal agents arrested about 30 people and brought charges against 34 in total, including underground poker den operators previously linked to the Yankees slugger and other A-listers.

Look, A-Rod said he quit doing that back in 2011, so to sully his name here is just unfair. It’s in the past! What next? Are people gonna say he never quit taking PEDs before 2009 when he said he did? Are we no longer to take him at his word?

Hmm. Um, wait. Let’s just forget I said that.

(hat tip to The Big Lead)


  1. throwstrikes - Apr 17, 2013 at 2:17 PM

    But an anonymous source told the NY Daily News that A-Rod hasn’t been involved since the 2011 meeting with MLB and everyone always believes anonymous sources about A-Rod so it must be true.

  2. vanquish0916 - Apr 17, 2013 at 2:30 PM

    They caught him when he put the oreo to his ear

    • tbmidd - Apr 17, 2013 at 2:36 PM

      You mean when he didn’t eat the oreo….gotta know your tells.

      • El Bravo - Apr 17, 2013 at 2:51 PM

        don’t splash tze pot.

      • weaselpuppy - Apr 18, 2013 at 12:03 AM

        A-Rod has alligator blood…..he was just hangink around….check check check…

    • fanofevilempire - Apr 18, 2013 at 7:04 AM

      Jigga looks tipsy

      • tbmidd - Apr 19, 2013 at 9:44 AM

        I chan splash tze paht wvenever dee fauck i vant…………

  3. shaggylocks - Apr 17, 2013 at 2:31 PM

    I for one am SHOCKED that a professional baseball player was somewhere where cocaine was openly used! Shocked, I tell you!

    • tuberippin - Apr 17, 2013 at 2:36 PM

      Fergie Jenkins nods in agreement

      • paperlions - Apr 17, 2013 at 3:10 PM

        So do Paul Molitor, and Keith Hernandez, and Dave Parker, and Tim Raines, and….well, a whole lot of guys that played in the late 70s and early 80s.

    • captainwisdom8888 - Apr 17, 2013 at 3:02 PM

      darryl strawberry provided the party favors. he didnt have the bankroll to buy in tho

    • madhatternalice - Apr 17, 2013 at 3:18 PM

      Ron Washington wants to know why he wasn’t invited.

      • captainwisdom8888 - Apr 17, 2013 at 4:00 PM


      • beefytrout - Apr 17, 2013 at 4:56 PM


      • madhatternalice - Apr 18, 2013 at 12:18 PM


        I’ll forever remember your noteworthy contribution to this article.

  4. whatthehellisansky - Apr 17, 2013 at 2:32 PM

    How long til we hear about arod’s ‘people’ attempting to buy any and all documents associated with the ‘underground, illegal poker ring’ so they can be destroyed?

  5. tuberippin - Apr 17, 2013 at 2:36 PM

    Is there anything this dude does that isn’t shady?

    • jconfalone - Apr 17, 2013 at 2:51 PM

      Given that savage tan in the picture, I can think of one thing.

      • manchestermiracle - Apr 18, 2013 at 12:45 AM

        He got that at a house of ill-repute in the Bahamas.

    • manchestermiracle - Apr 18, 2013 at 12:44 AM

      I think he sleeps legally. Maybe.

  6. 13arod - Apr 17, 2013 at 2:45 PM

    they said they same thing when espn and new daily times said they had evidence that he sent somebody to burn the documents and then said they didn’t have evidence

  7. El Bravo - Apr 17, 2013 at 2:59 PM

    Illegal Russian gangster-run [insert anything here] are always the best.

    • kevinbnyc - Apr 17, 2013 at 3:36 PM


    • dluxxx - Apr 17, 2013 at 5:13 PM

      Meat Raffles

    • badintent - Apr 17, 2013 at 11:59 PM

      Strip joints

  8. rbj1 - Apr 17, 2013 at 3:00 PM

    “promising not to hang out at underground, illegal poker games where cocaine is openly used anymore.”

    That would have severely cramped my college years.

  9. paperlions - Apr 17, 2013 at 3:13 PM

    Where is the legal Russian ganster-run poker game?

    • historiophiliac - Apr 17, 2013 at 5:29 PM

      There’s a dress code, see?

      • paperlions - Apr 17, 2013 at 7:22 PM

        Yeah, I know, no ochre sweaters.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 17, 2013 at 7:24 PM

        Ok, I won’t tease you anymore… :(

      • paperlions - Apr 17, 2013 at 7:26 PM


      • historiophiliac - Apr 17, 2013 at 7:52 PM

        Try not to act so excited about it. lol

    • sdelmonte - Apr 17, 2013 at 8:12 PM


    • badintent - Apr 18, 2013 at 12:01 AM


  10. amhendrick - Apr 17, 2013 at 4:11 PM

    Is A-Rod the new Albert Belle, where he’ll just get thrown in with any story about shady activities by celebrities or ballplayers?

  11. gbar22 - Apr 17, 2013 at 4:24 PM

    In the media they hate arod so much they will mention his name with anything shady much as liberals will mention George W bush or the conservatives will blame Obama for anything they view as negative. Plus a-rod generates massive interest from the plebeians.

    • dluxxx - Apr 17, 2013 at 5:16 PM

      There’s a Yakov Smirnoff joke in there somewhere… Uh… In Russia, you don’t hate media… Media hates YOU!

  12. scaarepittschamberofcommerce - Apr 17, 2013 at 5:42 PM

    ah, so THIS is how people choose to use there hundreds of millions of dollars…

  13. bricktop02 - Apr 17, 2013 at 8:06 PM

    Was it Teddy KGBs place that got busted?

  14. romoscollarbone - Apr 17, 2013 at 9:33 PM

    I would trade Arods lifestyle for mine in a heartbeat. Illegal poker, assorted blondes, 31 mil house, fast cars, boats. Sounds excellent, who cares if ppl throw your name around in the media.

    • badintent - Apr 18, 2013 at 12:09 AM

      Except for the part where he goes to Fed Pen for lying to a Federal jury about …………..fill in anything……………………………………………………………

  15. TheNaturalMevs - Apr 17, 2013 at 11:17 PM

    “Pay that mayn his mo-ney.”

    /Russian Gangster
    /Parts Oreo

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