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Police Raid Poker Game In Virginia

The Home Operation Allegedly Brought In $2,000 Per Night


Authorities in Virginia reportedly busted an alleged underground poker operation that was making about $2,000 per night. Four men were charged with running the games.

Police reportedly staked out the no-limit hold’em game for weeks.

According to The Virginian-Pilot, games started at 8 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and sometimes lasted until 6 or 7 a.m. The minimum buy-in was $100.

The game employed security for the games, in addition to dealers, serves and masseuses.

“Women worked as waitresses and offered massages for a dollar a minute. Armed security guards, sometimes wearing bullet-proof vests, patrolled the entrance and the grounds. Surveillance cameras were mounted outside the house,” The Virginian-Pilot reported.

On Aug. 9, a police raid resulted in charges against Ryan Andrew James, 37, and Robert Michael Foster, 58. They are accused of running an illegal gambling operation, which is a felony in the state.

According to a Virginia statute: “Illegal gambling” means the making, placing or receipt of any bet or wager in the Commonwealth of money or other thing of value, made in exchange for a chance to win a prize, stake or other consideration or thing of value, dependent upon the result of any game, contest or any other event the outcome of which is uncertain or a matter of chance, whether such game, contest or event occurs or is to occur inside or outside the limits of the Commonwealth.

Two other men who lived in the home face charges as well.

For an in-depth look at the story, check out the Saturday reporting from The Virginian-Pilot.

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over 7 years ago

I see they are still putting the tax payers money to good use. Getting rid of the real 'crooks' and 'criminals' on this world. Give me a break....

If Virginia got their head out of their a$$es and allowed for structured, regulated, and taxed gambling/card rooms, then you wouldn't see much of this anymore.