James Everett Bailey Scam
Who is Jim Bailey?
Jim Bailey is a con artist and thief. He claims to be a professional poker player, but his gambling losses have plunged his young family into debt. Instead of facing his addiction and seeking gainful employment, he has turned to a life of crime in order to keep gambling.
Who are you?
We have decided to warn other people about this scammer. JB ran a Super Bowl Squares pool for our internet poker forum (twoplustwo.com). He collected $5,000 in total. He kept the money, using it to play poker at Full Tilt Poker. Initially he ignored all attempts at communication, but when we threatened to expose his fraud he wrote the following:
Here is a screen shot of my pokertracker which shows my winnings at Rush poker on FTP since its inception less than a year ago - I don't want you guys to think that I am just some degen with a gambling problem.
(NOTE: link removed - clicking on a link posted by a known scammer would be a very bad idea)
I am a winning player and am a married father of 3. I have never had a single problem or dispute on PS, FTP, or the TONS of bets and trades I have made on 2+2 in my history. You guys WILL get paid. Again, I feel absolutely sick about the whole situation and my intention (and my intention from the very start of the pool until now) is to pay out the winnings. I honestly have lost sleep over all of this as I would never steal from anybody, it was just an unfortunate situation. And again, my deepest apologies.>>>
After this brief and thoroughly disingenuous communication, he again attempted to ignore the situation. After several weeks of further badgering, he eventually sent us a partial payment of $1,250. Mind you, this entire time we could see him playing his daily games on Full Tilt Poker, with several thousand dollars of our money!
JB is once again ignoring our attempts to contact him. When he does reply, it is to threaten us with lawsuits and such. He has never explained what he meant by a “situation” which was “completely out of (his) control”. Clearly he is lying. We suspect the “situation” had to do with massive gambling losses due to his beloved Steelers losing the Super Bowl. Jim is a problem gambler.
I know a JB… How do I know it is him?
JB lives in Akron, Ohio and is originally from Wellsville, Ohio. He is married to Mikelynne Bailey. Other relatives of his are Perry Bailey, Karen S. Bailey Culp, Adam Bailey. He has 3 children. He is a big Steelers fan. He claims to be a professional poker player, although he is a losing player who has resorted to stealing from friends in order to stay in action. His facebook page is
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I know JB. He seems like a very nice guy. He assures me this is all B.S. Why are you guys doing this?
JB is a very smooth liar, as well as a con man. They are called “con men” because they gain your confidence in order to steal from you. JB was once a respected and well liked member of our community. He took advantage of this in order to steal from us. Be careful in any dealings you have with him. You may think he is a “friend”, but do not trust him with money. Do not let him get into a position where he can get at your personal info, finances, etc.
If you would like to see our full communications with JB, which prove beyond any doubt that he stole the money, then you can contact us here: http://forumserver.twoplustwo.com/56/medium-stakes-pl-nl/official-sports-discussion-thread-343360/index1026.html#post25844315
Do you think I am in the habit of handing out money? Thanks for the warning, but I don’t see how this guy could scam me even if I do know him.
Again, JB is a very smooth liar. He knows that within the poker community, money is often exchanged on nothing more than a “handshake” agreement. There are many ruses he could use in order to scam poker players who see him as a friend. Here are some common scams he may attempt:
1. He may try to do a “swap” from one poker site to another. In a swap, a poker player who needs funds on Site A agrees with another online poker player to send funds from his account on Site B in return for an equal amount sent to him on Site A. This is fairly common within the poker community.
For example, JB may tell a potential mark that he has money on Full Tilt Poker but needs money on PokerStars. He would then tell the mark (who assumes he is dealing with a friend) that he will send him money on Full Tilt, and that the mark could send him an equal amount on Poker Stars. Do not fall for this scam! Never send JB money under any circumstances. You are best off not even letting him know your poker screen name(s).
2. JB often claims that he is a “professional poker player”. The reality is that his gambling losses have plunged his family into crushing debt, but Jim will never let on to this fact. He is truly a compulsive gambler. He may tell you that he is a winning player, but that due to “circumstances beyond his control” he had to spend most of his bankroll. He may make you what seems like a great offer… He will play poker with your money (called a “stake”) and give you half of the profits! Do not believe him. Not only is he a long term losing player, but he is also a con artist and a thief. You will never get your money back. He may even threaten to sue you should you have the nerve to ask for it back!
3. JB is also an inveterate sports gambler. He may offer to place a “no vig” bet with you, between friends. Do not fall for this ruse. He will gladly collect should he win, but of course you will never see a dime if he should lose.
These are just some of the ways JB may seek to defraud his fellow poker players or friends. His gambling addiction has plunged him into desperate straights, and you better believe he will attempt to befriend you with an eye toward getting at your money.
All we have done here is present the absolute truth about the $5,000 scam JB pulled on us. Again, if you would like to see the proof, please visit the following link: