Play continues into Level 15 without a break. The blinds are now at 1,500-3,000 with an ante of 300. The tournament clock reads 102 players remaining.
Police Raid Hawaii Poker Home Game
Defendants Believe Game Was Legal Under State's Social Gambling Laws
On Thursday, the Maui Police Department raided a poker home game being hosted by 35-year-old Khanhnha Vanhtha.
The Department’s Vice, Gambling and Morals Unit executed a search warrant and discovered the game taking place in the living room. Vanhtha was arrested and charged with second degree gambling promotion and possession of a gambling device.
Vanhtha’s bail was set at $400. His eight opponents in the game were also arrested with bail set at $200 each.
The Maui Poker Association issued a statement, saying that the raid was unjust because the game falls under Hawaii’s Social Gambling statutes (712-1231) and does not violate any laws.
According to the statute, social gambling occurs when players compete on equal terms, the host does not profit from a rake, the game is not played on public property and all of the players are at least 21 years old.
Furthermore, the players’ defense is also aided by a recent decision by U.S. District Judge Jack Weinstein, who ruled that poker was a game of skill and does not violate federal anti-gambling laws.
Hawaii is one of only two states, the other being Utah, that has no form of legalized gambling.
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