Poker Player Sentenced For Threats Toward Operator

This story was published more than 12 years ago.

A UK poker player was sentenced to three months in jail for threatening staff members of an online poker site.

Michael Gallagher, an unemployed poker player received the sentence after he threatened to "blow the f-----g brains out of every single person who crosses (his) path" at the poker site's headquarters.

Judge Peter Fox, the Recorder of Middlesbrough handed out the sentence after Gallagher said that he did not mean to carry out the threat, but was instead drunk when he wrote emails to the poker site's employees.

In an email by Gallagher to the operator he demanded $50,000 to make up for poker losses since joining the site last June. On May 25th he wrote to the operator:

“I hope you take me seriously because I swear to God I’m going to do it. I will have my vengeance. I have planned this for six months. It’s what makes me sleep a night. "

“Drifting off to sleep, thinking about what I am going to do, knowing full well that the butchering I do will get you exposed for what you are... I will gladly take a life sentence for that.

“Believe me, it will be my finest hour... $50,000 in my account, or believe me, you will all be dead.”

After sobering up the next day, Gallagher wrote the operator apologizing and claiming he was drunk when he wrote the original email.

Gallagher was convicted of sending an electronic communication conveying a threat.