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Gambler who became as famous as the sports he bet on stole millions

24th January, 00:53

A Chicago man who became famous for his reckless gambling and lavish Las Vegas lifestyle has been charged with defrauding an investor of $9.6 million.

A self-styled gambling guru, Robert Gorodetsky, 27, would boast of betting up to $1 million dollars in one week, claiming he won 65 percent of his sports bets.

He was charged with a massive fraud scam this week after an investor claimed that millions of dollars they believed was being used to make good investments was really being used by Gorodetsky to fund his luxury cars and unrelated sports bets.

Robert Gorodetsky, 27, fashioned himself as a gambling guru with his large, brash sports bets

Starting out as a professional poker player, he was always seen with other famous players

In U.S. District Court in Chicago on Tuesday, Gorodetsky was charged in a two-count criminal information with executing wire fraud and filing a false tax return.

It is thought the criminal information charge means he will plead guilty, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Identified only as Victim A, the charges allege that Gorodetsky stole almost $10 million from the investor between 2014 and 2017.

Gorodetsky shot to fame in December 2017 after a USA Today profile labeled him 'one of the most compelling and controversial' figures in sports.

Pictured with high-profile stars such as Drake, he claimed to bet $350,000 on NFL Sundays

Gorodetsky styled his social media accounts into an unimaginably lavish lifestyle

Although he'd entered the gambling world as a professional poker player after he turned 21, US Today brought him right into the spotlight, amassing even more followers with idea of the lavish lifestyle he was leading.

The profile described how the Chicago native had created an empire out of gambling on sports and blackjack, while positioning himself in a unique spot to potentially make a fortune as momentum builds to legalize sports gambling outside of Nevada.

'I would take my knowledge and my gut instinct and bet the best numbers,' he said, referring to the point spreads on the games.

'I just kept pounding them. (The casinos) started lowering my limits because the house has no idea who's going to win in summer league. They don't know anybody who's playing.'

Some of the celebrities pictured with Gorodetsky claim they never gambled with him

Pictured with high-profile stars such as Drake and Scott Disick, he claimed to bet upwards of $350,000 on NFL Sundays and $100,000 on MLB games, sometimes reaching up to $1 million in a week.

Always donning his signature Gamblr hat and posting about his big bets on his now deleted social media accounts under @BigRobStyle, Gorodetsky claimed his ballsy betting style was the secret to his success.

He once describe how he would bet $100,000 on games few people would watch without even knowing the names of any of the players on the field.

Behind his bold, flashy image, however, it's alleged that Gorodetsky was taking from those who bought into his talk about smart gambling and good investment choices, stealing millions of dollars for his own purposes.

The first sign came in 2013, before the US Today profile, when a mother and son sued Gorodetsky in a federal court in upstate New York, claiming he mismanaged more than $95,000 in funds they'd give him to invest in securities.

A judge ordered him to pay $59,000 in damages but the mother and son were later forced to file documents in Las Vegas and Chicago claiming he hadn't given them a cent.

Gorodetsky was always pictured with his GAMBLR hat while placing big bets

By this time, Gorodetsky was already defrauding Victim A.

From February 2014, he had scammed he victim out of $953,000 'for the purported purpose of investing in the stock market' over a four-month period.

The charges allege that $737,000 of this was actually used for Gorodetsky's own use.

He also allegedly told Victim A that the original investment had increased to $2 million in successful trades and recommended sports wagering in the future for a better return.

From then until 2017, Gorodetsky continued to ask the victim for further investments.

Victim A alleges Gorodetsky spent at least $2.2 million of the victim's funds on items unrelated to sports betting.

On Tuesday, Tthe 27-year-old was also charged with filing a fake tax return in 2016 which claimed his income that year was only $10,520.

The charges carry up to 30 years in prison on conviction.