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Two Men Get Jail Time For Running Poker Room Posing As Women's Health Club

Total Of Five People Received Punishment For Operation

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Two men have received prison sentences for operating what authorities claim was an illegal poker room in the back of a women’s health club that was used as a cover for the operation.

The club was located in Runnemede, New Jersey.

According to the Courier-Post, a judge gave a 364-day jail term to Ryan Dion, 33, and a 270-day term to Thomas Rand, 43. Both men had pleaded guilty.

“These defendants operated an old-school gambling club, complete with cash cage, poker tables, and a wide-screen TV for patrons to watch the sports on which they gambled,” Attorney General John J. Hoffman said in a press release. “[The state will] make every effort to remove gambling from the shadows of the black market underworld.”

“The only healthy thing about the purported health club these men ran was their profits,” said Elie Honig, director of the state Division of Criminal Justice. “On the night we raided this illegal poker club in March 2014, detectives seized approximately $26,000 from the operators and players.”

Three others were given probation for working as dealers and cashiers at the poker room.

Though it was illegal and almost surely not paying taxes, the poker room’s business was apparently doing just fine, unlike the massive casinos in Atlantic City, several of which have closed this year and sent thousands of workers into the seaside abyss.

 
 
 
 

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TandG21
over 4 years ago

Why not go after the real criminals and stop wasting taxpayers money on this bullshit

 
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TandG21
over 4 years ago

Why not go after the real criminals and stop wasting taxpayers money on this bullshit

 
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