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Old 12-02-2016, 05:16 PM   #1
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HOUSTON new "poker club" Mint Poker, RUN BY SCAMMER (?) Michael Eakman

Recently ran into this website today.

http://mintpokerclubs.com/

My initial reaction was excitement. Finally a California style poker room coming to Houston.

At first I thought they were already opened. So I visited google maps to see what their facility looked like from the exterior.

This was my first clue to something was off. The floor plans and photos they have listed on their above website do not match at all to any buildings google maps is showing for their listed address.

After googling the Owners name Michael Eakman, I was immediatley pointed towards a very old 2p2 thread listed here.

Michael Eakman scam thread by user bigruk (LINK)

So after a lot of reading I found several websites that stat Michael Eakman is a known scammer and owes people 5k on average.

Their website for Mint poker is selling seats and monthly memberships via a well done phone number and decently designed website.

My concern is they are just pocketing peoples money and have no intention of opening.

Their biggest brag on their website is being Texas's first registered "casino" their words.

Mind if you if this place opens and looks how they say it will look, I will be there as long as they are paying out immediately.

But I am also very nervous for a lot of people.

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Old 12-02-2016, 06:52 PM   #2
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re: HOUSTON new "poker club" Mint Poker, RUN BY SCAMMER?

14 tables? Geez for a club that is skirting the law that's a lot. Not to mention in a pricey location. This has scam wriiten all over it. Like you, kind of hope I'm wrong.
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Old 12-02-2016, 07:40 PM   #3
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re: HOUSTON new "poker club" Mint Poker, RUN BY SCAMMER?

From the old 2011 thread about Eakman...

'Forgot to mention another 'technique' of his was to advertise people who were going to be at the event without ever hearing back that they were actually going. For the Aces and Angels event he had Phil Hellmuth advertised as emceeing it yet when I spoke with Phil personally he said he had no idea what I was talking about.'

The 2017 advert has Hellmuth listed as 'Host' again, with a huge pic of him. Have just tweeted Hellmuth about it, but if anyone knows him personally it would be worth asking if he knows anything about this?!
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Old 12-02-2016, 07:42 PM   #4
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I have been running a game for 20 years and frankly when you have been around this long.....you can smell when someone "farts"....i can clearly say i havent heard of it...and dont know of anyone that is opening a game in that area nor have i heard anyone talk about it....word gets around fast and that has not reached my ears....or nose...yet
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Old 12-02-2016, 08:02 PM   #5
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lol @ that typical office building with a mint poker logo shopped on.

scammers gonna scam
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Old 12-02-2016, 08:03 PM   #6
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it obvious that everyone in the ad is photoshopped in...
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Old 12-02-2016, 08:08 PM   #7
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re: HOUSTON new "poker club" Mint Poker, RUN BY SCAMMER?

Well considering I highly doubt PH knows of his appearance, the crappy photoshopped pictures and the fact that it seems Minteractive LLC or Mint Poker Clubs returns no information I would believe it's a scam.

The paypal button takes you to paypal and it shows Minteractive, LLC. If you try and buy one of the memberships it uses google forms and I never got to a checkout.

Just contact Paypal and tell them he's selling memberships to a poker room and they will probably shut it down.
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Old 12-03-2016, 02:30 PM   #8
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re: HOUSTON new "poker club" Mint Poker, RUN BY SCAMMER?

This is Texas , where the polticians make a mint from border state casinos to keep in state casinos from operating. Doubt this is even close to a real deal.
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Old 12-04-2016, 07:07 AM   #9
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Maybe make a lcprc Houston if there isnt one already

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Old 12-05-2016, 12:54 AM   #10
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Whole thing looks pretty shady. From the obvious photoshops/artists impressions to the mentioning of Phils 14 bracelets turning into 15 shortly thereafter, and the HOUSTON new "poker club" Mint Poker, RUN BY SCAMMER (?) Michael Eakman$100 initiation fee that for some reason gets waived for any level of membership.
Unlimited privileges does sound pretty amazing tho so I might just go for an annual pass and reassess next year


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Old 12-05-2016, 09:25 PM   #11
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re: HOUSTON new "poker club" Mint Poker, RUN BY SCAMMER? Michael Eackman

There is a ton of information on Michael Eackman, his business, and his business practices. F*** that guy.

http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/guns-n...500000-1291363

http://myreporternews.com/2016/11/09...st-responders/

http://gunsnhosespoker.com/pdf/Guns%...Invitation.pdf

http://aces-angels.com
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Old 12-06-2016, 02:23 PM   #12
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Well considering I highly doubt PH knows of his appearance, the crappy photoshopped pictures and the fact that it seems Minteractive LLC or Mint Poker Clubs returns no information I would believe it's a scam.

The paypal button takes you to paypal and it shows Minteractive, LLC. If you try and buy one of the memberships it uses google forms and I never got to a checkout.

Just contact Paypal and tell them he's selling memberships to a poker room and they will probably shut it down.
Anyone do this?
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Old 12-06-2016, 08:27 PM   #13
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re: HOUSTON new "poker club" Mint Poker, RUN BY SCAMMER? Michael Eackman

the 10$/hr charge for the seat in a 60$ tournament seems well thought out.
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Old 12-07-2016, 03:24 AM   #14
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Yesterday I drove to Clearlake to see if any signs or construction of the poker room was under way.

First of all the building they have advertised online is real. Ableit from the front of the building you wouldn't have guessed it. Kinda comes off a shady strip mall. But after entering the square and going to the backside its actually pretty nice suite.

But every single suite in this building was empty. Including the one Mint Poker has advertised.

I took a few pictures so you can see.







I then called the number the leasing office has listed in the above photo.

I inquired about the empty lot at that address. I was surprised that they informed me a poker room would be opening in that space soon.

So this may actually become a poker room.

But to be clear Michael Eakman is a known scammer
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Old 12-08-2016, 01:45 AM   #15
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198 seats left. I just bought 2

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Old 12-08-2016, 10:46 AM   #16
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re: HOUSTON new "poker club" Mint Poker, RUN BY SCAMMER? Michael Eackman

I mean seriously, if this doesn't look shady as . . . then your blind

Good Luck Houston:

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Old 12-08-2016, 12:01 PM   #17
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Old 12-08-2016, 04:45 PM   #18
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$2 seems more reasonable.
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Old 12-08-2016, 06:57 PM   #19
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This location is in the city limits of a small community close to NASA called Webster. I called around various city departments to see if this is on the up and up. Here's what I learned:

1. They haven't received or applied for any permits yet. So the claim that "our club is certified legal and the only city approved poker club in the state of Texas" appears false.

2. No off-duty police officers have registered with the city to work security at this location...which they are apparently required to do. So the claim that "onsite security provided by off-duty police officers" appears false...though maybe it's too early for this given the opening is still a few months off.

3. No one in economic development has heard of this effort...so they don't appear to be working with the city at all. Given the number of tables/employees they're talking about hiring and the claimed legality, that's pretty weird.

4. The police detective I spoke with hadn't heard of this and said, "There's no way this is legal, and I wouldn't give them a penny." He also seemed VERY interested in the website, the location, who's running it...so sorry about that Michael. I assumed, given the website content, that you'd already talked with these guys. It's a small town.

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I have been running a game for 20 years and frankly when you have been around this long.....you can smell when someone "farts"....i can clearly say i havent heard of it...and dont know of anyone that is opening a game in that area nor have i heard anyone talk about it....word gets around fast and that has not reached my ears....or nose...yet
This post was amusing to me. Clive, don't you use the exact same business model that this guy wants to use?

This seat rental/membership model is not legal, of course. It's already been tried and busted multiple times.

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I mean seriously, if this doesn't look shady as . . . then your blind

Good Luck Houston:

This looks like a mock-up you often see from an architect/designer. I don't think it's intended to be a real photo...the place isn't open yet.

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Old 12-09-2016, 11:31 AM   #20
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Why is the dealer so relaxed?

Maybe this is a player-dealt game based on location of the deck...
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Old 12-09-2016, 01:00 PM   #21
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This location is in the city limits of a small community close to NASA called Webster. I called around various city departments to see if this is on the up and up. Here's what I learned:

1. They haven't received or applied for any permits yet. So the claim that "our club is certified legal and the only city approved poker club in the state of Texas" appears false.

2. No off-duty police officers have registered with the city to work security at this location...which they are apparently required to do. So the claim that "onsite security provided by off-duty police officers" appears false...though maybe it's too early for this given the opening is still a few months off.

3. No one in economic development has heard of this effort...so they don't appear to be working with the city at all. Given the number of tables/employees they're talking about hiring and the claimed legality, that's pretty weird.

4. The police detective I spoke with hadn't heard of this and said, "There's no way this is legal, and I wouldn't give them a penny." He also seemed VERY interested in the website, the location, who's running it...so sorry about that Michael. I assumed, given the website content, that you'd already talked with these guys. It's a small town.



This post was amusing to me. Clive, don't you use the exact same business model that this guy wants to use?

This seat rental/membership model is not legal, of course. It's already been tried and busted multiple times.



This looks like a mock-up you often see from an architect/designer. I don't think it's intended to be a real photo...the place isn't open yet.
Thank you for your additional work.
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PLUS, as an added bonus, you will get a tramp-stamp tattoo of Phil's new, personal logo, tattooed personally by Phil, on your body part of your own choosing. A multi-color tattoo will cost $20 extra.
Would need a micro biologist and a Quantum physicist if tattooed on certain body parts
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This looks like a mock-up you often see from an architect/designer. I don't think it's intended to be a real photo...the place isn't open yet.
Speaking of "This post was amusing to me."

This terrible photoshop looks absolutely NOTHING like any "architect/designer" mock up ever.
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