World Series of Poker player and former Deputy Sheriff indicted for extortion

  • Poker player, who is also a former Deputy Sheriff, indicted for extortion charges
  • 41-year-old has won $300,000 in his poker career; faces up to 20 years in jail

Five years ago, Jeremy Drewery was competing for bracelets on the World Series of Poker Circuit (WSOPC). This week, the talented poker player faced further indictment for extortion charges in a case that started last year.

It’s fair to say it’s a fall from grace for the 41-year-old, and not just on account of the WSOPC connection – Drewery is also a former Deputy Sheriff.

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WSOPC player, Jeremy Drewery has been indicted for extortion charges

While occupying the position in Shelby County, the then Deputy allegedly maintained a wide range of extracurricular activities it would appear. Some of these, like consistently cleaning up on the poker circuit, were commendable. Those that he has been charged with, such as allegedly seizing drugs from dealers and then returning the contraband for a fee, have landed Drewery in hot water. Now he’s facing up up 20 years in jail for a series of scams committed during three years on the job.

Poker achievements

The charges make for interesting reading, but first, let’s pause to consider the more laudable achievements on the 41-year-old’s CV. In 2010, he pocketed over $80,000 after coming runner-up to Tyler Smith in a buy-in event at a Tunica casino.

Drewery has also scooped a few other tidy sums on the WSOPC, making the final table on more than one occasion.

The current charges would have you believe that the Deputy Sheriff wasn’t content with the sporadic sums to be earned from poker however and decided to bolster his pay packet with a little extortion on the side.

He clearly hasn’t given up on the game altogether though; even after an investigation was launched into Drewery’s behaviour, he continued to play poker, finishing 14th at a WSOPC event in Tunica’s Horseshoe Casino & Hotel in January of this year.

Where Jeremy Drewery is potentially headed though, the only poker prizes he’ll be winning are extra ramen in his commissary. Last time anyone checked, prisoners were barred from obtaining day release to compete in WSOPC events.

It would be fair to say that Drewery seems to have made a better poker player than he did a sheriff. His fate was sealed when the disgraced official blackmailed a dealer in return for a load of Oxycontin, Xanax and 1.4 kilos of cannabis that he’d seized, requesting payments for their return. Feeling the squeeze, the dealer went straight to feds, who recorded the cash drop and later arrested the extorting sheriff.

The moral of the story? Stick to poker.

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