The 41-year-old Procopio, who also finished 34th this past January at the WPT Borgata Winter Open, is being described as an “alleged mob associate” despite not having a good mob nickname like the other guys nabbed, including Michael “Mikey Lance” Lancelloti, Steven “Stevie Gongs” Casasanto and Anthony “Itchy Balls” Nicodemo.
We may have made one of those up.
The alleged ring leader of the gambling operation Andrew Micali is also an avid poker player and has played major tournaments this year including the WPT Bellagio Five Star in April.
Also among those arrested were Borgata poker-room supervisor Paul Parks, two Borgata poker dealers and Tropicana poker-room supervisor Jeffrey Ebert.
According to Philadelphia Daily News, the arrests were the result of a 18-month probe called “Operation High Roller” that began after an informant, aka “rat”, tipped off police in March 2006, telling them what to look for in the overhead surveillance cameras in the poker room. The arrest of Lancelloti, a reputed mob capodecina, marks the highest-ranking mobster arrested in New Jersey since 2004.
Reportedly, the juice on gambling losses was a ridiculous 50% annual interest.
After the jump watch a video of the lovely Tiffany Michelle interviewing Vincent Procopio at this year’s LAPC.
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