An, as yet unidentified, 23-year-old poker player was arrested on Thursday by Swedish police on a warrant issued in July for a range of 20 serious charges including:
• 4 blackmailing cases between June and December 2011.
• 1 robbery in December, 2011
• 1 aggravated robbery or aggravated extortion in June, 2012.
According to Swedish newspaper reports large amounts of cash may be involved in generating games at Pokerstars, and a number of well-known Swedish poker pros were victims of the accused.
The accused denied the guilt, but at least one of the charges is alleged to have used a firearm which seriously aggravates the offence. A Swedish district court in Gothenburg found probable cause for detention so the defendant will soon appear in court.