One of poker's most famed #highstakes
players finds himself in a legal bind in the South Pacific.
was detained last week in Tahiti in connection with #marijuana
charges. Laliberte was apparently caught growing marijuana on his private island, Nukutepipi, in violation of French Polynesian law.
The Canadian billionaire is being investigated for drug trafficking, but his representatives denied any such involvement and maintained the marijuana is strictly for personal use.
In the #poker
world, Laliberte is known for participating in and organizing many of the highest-stakes buy-ins in the world, as well as playing in the biggest #cashgames
during the height of the nosebleed boom.
Under several nicknames online, mostly on #FullTilt
Poker's oft-watched tables, Laliberte racked up about $31 million in losses, according to HighStakesDB. Thanks to that titanic figure, Laliberte is believed to be stuck more than any other player in #onlinepoker
Laliberte also played a prominent role in high-stakes live #pokertournaments,
both as a player and organizer. Laliberte made headlines by hosting the richest #pokertournament
of all time in 2016, though the record would be broken in 2019 by @Triton.
Laliberte himself cashed in the original $1 million event in 2012 with a 5th finish worth $1,834,666, but as with his cash game exploits, he's believed to be stuck as his $2.5 million in #winnings
pales in comparison to the stakes in which he's competed.
pegged the 60-year-old for a net worth of $1.37 billion in 2018 thanks in large part to his founding of @CirquedeSoleil,
and the financial outlet further reported that the Canadian has been raking in millions thanks to property holdings both in his native country and Nukutepipi. There, Laliberte reportedly rents out spaces at the sky-high price of €900,000 for seven nights.
Apparently, a #cannabis
growing operation is also part of the local scenery, and Laliberte will have to bring some of his resources to bear as he answers these charges in court. He's set to appear on Wednesday. - @PokerNewsDotCom #pokernews #pokerlife #pokerplayers #pokerlifestyle #pokerplayer #pokeronline #livepoker