Isai Scheinberg

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Isai Scheinberg
ResidenceRichmond Hill, Ontario, Canada
OccupationCo-founder and former co-owner, PokerStars
ChildrenMark Scheinberg

Isai Scheinberg (Hebrew: ישי שיינברג‎; born 1946 or 1947) is the Israeli-Canadian[1] founder of the PokerStars online poker site. Scheinberg previously had been a senior programmer for IBM Canada.[2]

In about 1986, Scheinberg left Israel, and moved to Toronto. They settled there in Richmond Hill, where in 2011 he still owned the house he had bought in 1988.[1]

In 2011, Scheinberg was indicted on five criminal charges related to Pokerstars under United States federal laws.[3]

Scheinberg sold his stake in Pokerstars to Amaya Gaming in 2014.[4]

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  1. ^ a b Freeze, Colin (22 April 2011). "A look at the mysterious Canadian founder of PokerStars". The Globe and Mail. Toronto. Retrieved 23 April 2011.
  2. ^ Walsh, Dominic (4 January 2006). "Family stand to net $2bn from their online gamble". The Times. London. Retrieved 7 July 2010.
  3. ^ Bharara, Preet (2011-04-22). "Press release: Manhattan U.S. Attorney Charges Principals of Three Largest Internet Poker Companies With Bank Fraud, Illegal Gambling Offenses and Laundering Billions in Illegal Gambling Proceeds" (PDF). United States Attorney Southern District of New York. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-04-19.
  4. ^ Vardi, Nathan (Jun 12, 2014). "Amaya Gaming In Deal To Buy PokerStars For $4.9 Billion". Forbes. Retrieved May 1, 2015.