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Gambling Charges Dropped Against Elderly Poker Players

Cyprus Attorney General Drops Charges Against 98-Year-Old Woman And Her Poker-Playing Friends


The gambling charges against a group of about 40 elderly women, including a 98-year-old lady, have been dropped by Cyprus’ attorney general, according to

The women’s weekly poker and bridge afternoon was raided by police back in 2009 and in the past week or so the women were summoned by the Cypriot court.

According to the Washington Post, Yioula Diakantoni, the daughter of the 98-year-old, said that the raid caused much confusion and fright prompting some women to attempt running away, and others didn’t know what was going on including one player who asked police to wait until she finished playing her hand.

Diakantoni stated that since the fateful afternoon, two of the women have died and another two are in a nursing home. At the time of the summons, prosecutor Michalis Themistocleous said the summons was procedural, and according to The Hour, an assistant for Attorney General Petros Clerides has since said the official had previously been unaware of the case, finding out only through media reports.

Gambling in Cyprus is punishable by a €750 fine or up to six months in jail.