BetUS Owner Shot in Costa RicaPublished February 3, 2008 by OCR Editor
Follow-up reports of the shooting in Costa Rica reveal the identity of the person who was shot is the owner of BetUS.
At first all we reported was that a shooting occurred in Costa Rica that involved an online gambling official. The identity of the victim and his condition was unknown.
New reports reveal the victim was Joey Rizzo, one of the partners behind BETUS, the popular online sports betting website. Mr. Rizzo was not seriously hurt, suffering a blow to his leg.
Joey Rizzo, who uses the name as an alias, was shot at when driving through a bad part of town. The shooting is assumed not to be related to his gambling connection.
Mr. Rizzo’s bodyguard is not in any serious condition either, as he was in the car at the time of the shooting as well.
Setting the Story Straight
The shooting incident happened on Monday night, January 21, in San Pedro, Costa Rica. It was reported on our site as soon as word made its way out of the Central America country on January 24.
Unlike the original reports, no one involved is in any serious condition.
Also, the central role that Costa Rica plays in the world of Internet gambling raised the possibility that the shooting might be related to the industry, echoing past incidents (Bodog’s Calvin Ayre was shot at once). However, it seems to be unrelated.