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Cops With 'Assault Rifles' Raid Low-Stakes Tavern Poker Game In North Carolina

State Continues Tradition Of Busting Card Games


Police with their weapons apparently drawn told poker players in a North Carolina gaming establishment to put their hands on their heads during a gathering on Thursday night. reported that no patrons were charged, but authorities did serve a criminal summonses on the Greensboro business — Aces and Ales Tavern and Gaming.

“I would have thought we were armed robbers or murderers when they came in on us,”
one of the owners told the News-Record. “It was one of the scariest things I ever went through. All of a sudden, you’re looking at assault rifles and guns.”

Police raids on Texas hold’em poker games are not uncommon in the state, which views poker as a game of chance and thus gambling under the law.

North Carolina has historically been very strict on poker games, but this past summer did authorize its only casino to offer live table games. However, it would be a monopoly.

Photo of Aces and Ales Tavern and Gaming Room. Via Facebook.



almost 8 years ago

Forgot to report that the owner had recently been in contact with law enforcement and was assured that his poker games were legal.


almost 8 years ago

Still no reason for that at all.


almost 6 years ago

NC could use more Andy Griffiths and less Barney Fifes. The Barney's that stormed the tavern wanted an excuse to play with their "toys" which none are mature enough to even have.