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Police Raid Phoenix $2-$5 Poker Game After Year-Long Investigation

Five Arrested And Are Facing Multiple Charges, Authorities Say

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A poker room that calls itself “the premiere private poker club in the Phoenix area” was raided by the state Department of Gaming and city police on Thursday.

According to a report from azcentral.com, police arrested five people after arriving at the establishment with search warrants. Authorities reportedly investigated the poker club for a year. Police said that those arrested are looking at charges for operating an illegal gaming facility, racketeering and promotion of illegal gambling.

Poker Union said on its website that it’s a members-only venue that “strives to promote the fun and entertainment of poker in a social gaming environment.” The club had an afternoon $2-$5 no-limit hold’em game. It held weekly freerolls, high hand bonuses, and also sent players to the annual World Series of Poker in Las Vegas.

“We will champion the cause of the Poker Players Alliance that poker is a sport; a game of skill more than mere chance or dumb luck, and not gambling in the same vein as other casino games where the house has an active stake and decidedly advantageous odds,” the website said. “Poker was played in Arizona long before casinos took over the game and claimed it as their own. It is time we take back what has always been ours and reclaim a game enjoyed around the world by men and women of every age, race and creed.”

The Phoenix area is home to eight poker rooms at tribal casinos. There are more than 100 poker tables between the casinos. Commercial casinos aren’t allowed in the state.

 
 
 
 

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L2K4FC
over 1 year ago

Meanwhile how many unsolved murder and rape cases are on the books in Phoenix in the last 6 months? Douchebags.

 
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Enzo1
over 1 year ago

The Department of Gaming doesnt investigate rapes and murders genius

 
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L2K4FC
over 1 year ago

My point is that it is a waste of resources to pursue victimless crimes while people are being raped, murdered and stolen from. And if you would take a little more time to read the article you would notice that the city police WERE involved. "Department of Gaming and city police" - paragraph 1. The genius has spoken. GG thanks for playing.

 
 

Enzo1
17 days ago

Dear Genius
1)Department of Gaming did the investigation
2)City police came to enforce the law
3)Go to a gamblers anonymous meeting and tell them it is victimless

 
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Redaces7
over 1 year ago

go after real criminals we have a right to play suppose to be land of the free

 
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Enzo1
over 1 year ago

Want anarchy go to Somalia.....no you arent free to break laws

 
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