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October 17th, 2018 at 9:09:37 AM permalink
I just learned of the apparent kidnapping and disappearance of Tony, the kingpin behind the 5Dimes sports book, one of the largest operations to welcome US players. Here is a link to an article about it, which is about all I know.

5Dimes’ Tony missing in Costa Rica in rumored kidnapping.

This hits me hard because I was friends with Tony. I last visited him December 2016 and enjoyed his legendary employee Christmas party. The previous visit was about two years before that. Both times, Tony was extremely friendly and generous. He sometimes gave me rides in what I'm pretty sure is the black Porsche mentioned in the story. Otherwise, we stay in contact via Skype. Our last communication was on September 8.

This is still very much an open case. My thoughts and hopes are for Tony's safe return to his family.
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October 17th, 2018 at 9:15:06 AM permalink
I hope this works out. I'm surprised he didn't have a driver/ bodyguard.
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October 17th, 2018 at 10:10:54 AM permalink
What a weird story. Its hard to know what to think, kidnapping for ransom is an extremely rare crime because it is usually not successful. But parts of Mexico, Central and South America are as lawless as the Wild West was in the 1800s, due to the drug business. So who knows?

Payment by e-currency is also an unusual twist. Traceability? (even with VPNs?)

I certainly wish the best for Tony and his family.
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October 17th, 2018 at 10:14:35 AM permalink
WOW, that is awful. I know he (if he is still alive) and his family are worried sick. I hope either the police are successful in tracking him down safely or the money is paid. Nothing is worth your life.
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October 17th, 2018 at 10:21:47 AM permalink
My impression of CR is that it is a fairly lawless country. I was strongly advised to not walk around San Jose at night.

I suspect the random was paid in Bitcoin, but I'm just guessing. Isn't that supposed to be untraceable?

I wish I could help.
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October 17th, 2018 at 10:49:22 AM permalink
Quote: Wizard

My impression of CR is that it is a fairly lawless country. I was strongly advised to not walk around San Jose at night.

I suspect the random was paid in Bitcoin, but I'm just guessing. Isn't that supposed to be untraceable?

I wish I could help.



The silver lining, if there is one, is he's worth nothing to them dead, so I would think he's still alive. My sympathies to you as his friend, and his family. I hope they get him back.
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October 17th, 2018 at 10:57:28 AM permalink
Could be a ploy to disappear with the money. I don't think I would want to have any significant amount on deposit with them right now.
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October 17th, 2018 at 11:26:03 AM permalink
Quote: MaxPen

Could be a ploy to disappear with the money. I don't think I would want to have any significant amount on deposit with them right now.

Rigondeaux mentioned this in the miscellaneous thread. I was going to mention that I thought it was worthy of its own thread(I just assumed he doesn't know how to make one (-;).


They have been open for a long time, I have had a 5D account for what seems like at least 15 years now.

I was also concerned about the business side of 5D since our group uses that site and we have money and pending bets on there. With this news, there could be a run on cashouts, I imagine that would cause all kinds of problems for everyone.

It's been almost a month since he has been missing. That seems like a long time to be missing without thinking the worst. Let's hope that's not the case.
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October 17th, 2018 at 11:45:16 AM permalink
Quote: beachbumbabs

The silver lining, if there is one, is he's worth nothing to them dead, so I would think he's still alive.



Unfortunately, my understanding is just the opposite. Once a ransom has been paid, the experience is that the victim is usually killed by the kidnappers. It reduces the risk of eventually getting caught, and relieves them of the burden of keeping someone alive and secretly imprisoned.
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October 17th, 2018 at 12:28:01 PM permalink
Quote: MaxPen

Could be a ploy to disappear with the money. I don't think I would want to have any significant amount on deposit with them right now.



You don't know Tony. He is a true family man. He also loved what he did and the jobs he created in the local economy. He was constantly doing something. Going into hiding on a pile of money would be totally out of character for him.
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