Poker professionals enjoy a lot of attention from the media, but Greg Raymer stepped into the spotlight for all the wrong reasons earlier this year. It all began when the player responded to an online advertisement and solicited a female prostitute, without knowing that the entire thing was the work of the Wake Forest Police Department. Oblivious of the sting, Greg Raymer was hoping for some fun, only to find himself behind bars, even if for only a short period of time.
Following his arrest in March 2013, Greg pleaded his case and hired a lawyer from Raleigh named Wade M. Smith, to clear his name and avoid jail time. Since then, he has participated in several poker tournaments and despite trying to keep a low profile, he found it virtually impossible to fly under the radar. Interesting enough, Raymer remains very popular among both poker professionals and regular players, with many of them having a reason to rejoice now.
The charges were recently dropped over the weekend in North Carolina, after Greg Raymer completed his 75 hours’ worth of community service. Given the fact that he was a first-time offender and admitted his guilt, he got the chance of performing community service in exchange of not having the charges on his record. This doesn’t make him innocent, but given the circumstances it is still a sweet deal for the poker pro who can put his skills to good use in online and brick-and-mortar casinos, instead of rotting behind bars.
It comes as no surprise that he gladly accepted the community service instead of going to trial as his odds of winning were slim to none. Raymer was the only poker player to fall into the trap of the undercover police, although five more men were also arrested the same day at the Wake Forest hotel. There is no information about whether the charges were dropped in their case as well, with the media focusing almost exclusively on Raymer.
In that group, he stuck out like a sore thumb, due to his popularity at the poker tables and the fact that he is one of the World Series of Poker winners. Nine years ago he cashed in a prize of $5 million for winning the Main Event, which represents almost 70% of his total tournament winnings. To say that the prostitution scandal caught Greg between a rock and a hard place would be an understatement, as the 49 year old is also married.