Well-known sports activities gamer accused of dishonest on tens of millions in help of the lavish Las Vegas life-style
- Robert Gorodetsky moved to Las Vegas in 2014 and quickly developed a reputation for betting big money on sports and actively sharing his lavish lifestyle on Instagram under the name “Big Rob”.
- He reportedly cheated over $ 10 million on a victim whose name was held private by the courts from 2014 to 2017 in support of his sports betting and lavish lifestyle
- He is expected to be guilty of wire fraud and filing a false tax return in the U.S. District Court in Chicago
A man from Chicago was charged for allegedly cheating on a US $ 10 million person who believed their money was “invested wisely” but used for sports betting and “lavish” Las Vegas living.
Robert Gorodetsky, 27, was charged Tuesday with two cases of wire fraud and filing a false tax return in the U.S. District Court in Chicago. Gorodetsky is expected to plead guilty, although his attorney Chris Gair made no comment.
Gorodetsky, nicknamed “Big Rob” on social media, made a name for himself as a prominent sports player in Las Vegas. His gambling career began in 2011 when he left the University of Arizona after completing his freshman year to pursue a career as a professional poker player. He spent three years on the racetrack before moving to Las Vegas when he turned 21 and won $ 90,000 in winnings from playing poker.
Court documents state that it was around this time that his fraud program began against the victim, whose identity was withheld at their request and identified as “victim A” in court documents.
Gorodetsky allegedly received $ 953,000 from victim A over a four month period beginning in February 2014. The money was given “for the supposed purpose of investing in the stock market”. However, reportedly $ 737,000 went to Gorodestky’s personal use.
In July 2014, he reached out to Victim A again, saying his original investment had grown to $ 2 million due to successful deals. At that point, he said victim A sports betting could offer “higher returns”.
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This lasted three years as Gorodetsky reportedly misled Victim A about the use of her money and the condition of his account. He would also ask for more money, which would then be used to make big money bets or support Gorodetsky’s lavish lifestyle.
During this time, Gorodetsky developed a reputation in Las Vegas that resulted in a USA Today profile in December 2017. He announced that he would wager around $ 350,000 on NFL Sundays, over $ 100,000 on MLB games, and tens of thousands of dollars on various other professional and college level sports.
He also did not hide his lack of sports knowledge, saying that most of his bets were made on “gut instinct”.
“I would take my knowledge and my gut feeling and bet the best numbers,” he said. “I just kept hitting her. The casinos have started lowering my limits because the house has no idea who is going to win in the summer league. You don’t know anyone who plays. “
Building legalized sports games led him and his confidants to believe that Gorodetsky could become the most famous sports player in the United States
“If it is legal, we will become billionaires,” said Gorodetsky’s confidante Elo Hankham. “We’re number 1 and we will have at least 5% market share of a $ 150 billion industry.”
He wasn’t shy about his lifestyle either. Gorodetsky has been actively posting pictures of himself in his lavish Vegas home on Instagram, hanging out with random celebrities, sitting in the front row at professional sporting events, or being flanked by women with friends in scenes from USA Today, compared to HBO’s hit series “Entourage” .
However, some prominent Las Vegas players were skeptical of Gorodetsky.
“I’m giving Rob my hat because he’s at least putting his money where his mouth is,” handicapper and former pro player Dave Oancea, also known as “Vegas Dave”, told USA Today. “But the truth is, when I did that, I was down a million times.”
He continued, “I know Rob is losing his ass. If someone is born into $ 10 million, anyone can buy $ 200,000 tickets. It doesn’t mean that you are good. If you have money, or laundering, or a drug dealer, or your parents gave you $ 1 billion, it doesn’t mean you are a good handicapper or a bad handicapper. That just means you have access to funds. “