A Queensland poker player pleaded guilty to betting on machines in a series of online gambling ads.
Key points:A 28-year-old man has pleaded guilty in Brisbane’s Central Local Court to online gambling in relation to the use of poker machinesA lawyer for the man has said the man was only trying to make moneyThe court was told that the man made money on his gaming spree, but had no control over the machinesHe was charged with operating an online gambling machine, and a number of other offences including breach of the Computer Misuse Act.
He was sentenced to a suspended sentence of two years and four months.
He told the court he did not realise he was using the machines to cheat.
“I am a big believer in using your computer to play poker, and I have been in this business for a long time,” he said.
“The machines were a bit like a mini version of the old arcade game.”
The 28-yr-old was arrested on August 10, 2017 and has been remanded in custody for sentencing.
He will be sentenced in the Brisbane Local Court on September 19.
The man’s lawyer told the ABC the man would seek to appeal against his conviction.
“This is an unfortunate case,” he told the Nine Network.
“This guy is only trying the money he is making off his gambling habit.”
The man is due to appear in Brisbane Local Circuit Court in October.
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