An Albuquerque stockbroker who confessed to stealing from clients to support a gambling habit is being dealt an unusual hand.
Prosecutors are letting him play poker for his freedom.
In exchange for the plea, authorities are letting Samuel McMaster, Jr. stay out of prison if he can earn enough money playing in poker tournaments to repay his victims.
He allegedly owes more than $400,000.
Prosecutors say the deal is not a get out of jail free card.
McMaster’s sentencing will be delayed for six months while he participates in tournaments.
He must make payments of $7,500 a month.
If he misses two payments he will face immediate sentencing of up to 12 years in prison.