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Winnipeg man charged in illegal NFL fantasy football pool

A Winnipeg man is charged with "pool selling" after allegedly profiting from an NFL fantasy football pool, police said on Monday, Feb. 9, 2015.
A Winnipeg man is charged with "pool selling" after allegedly profiting from an NFL fantasy football pool, police said on Monday, Feb. 9, 2015. AP

WINNIPEG — A Winnipeg man is facing charges for running a fantasy football pool and allegedly keeping a portion of the bets for himself.

It’s alleged the 46 year old man ran an NFL fantasy football pool which took wagers on the outcomes of National Football League games every week. Officers say the man kept a 10% “management fee” which netted him about $10,000 profit.

“What we’re dealing with is he was profiting off this pool, that’s what’s wrong,” Winnipeg police Cst. Jason Michalyshen said Monday.

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Manitoba’s Liquor and Gaming authority began the investigation in September and by November police were called in, the Winnipeg Police Service said Monday.

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The man had about 500 clients every week, who made bets through a website and in person at a number of local businesses.

Police say the man was arrested February 3rd and is facing the charge of “pool selling” and was released pending a future court appearance. His name wasn’t released.

 

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