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Police In Tennessee Raid Poker Tournament, Seize $18,000 From Poker Players

Charges Filed Against Organizers Of Game At Hotel: Police


Authorities raided a private poker game at a Tennessee hotel Tuesday night, seizing the poker chips and $18,000 in cash. reports that police say the game was run out of the Candlewood Suites Hotel in Symrna. The poker tournament, which ran several times a week, had alcohol and food for players, according to police.

“I don’t know the exact amount of money being transferred,” Sgt. Bobby Gibson said. “We did have several people involved. We interviewed them they said they had lost and won money in the thousands.”

Police said the alleged organizers are Russell Hairr and George Barton. They have been charged with aggravated promotion of gambling and possession of gambling devices. More arrests could be coming. Around a dozen poker players were at the game.

There are no regulated poker rooms in Tennessee. The closest one for many in the state is in North Carolina. This is despite the 2003 World Series of Poker main event champion, who helped ignite the poker boom, hailing from Tennessee.

Poker game raids are nothing new in the state. In 2012, a high profile bust of $20 poker tournaments generated a lot of criticism toward Tennessee.



10 months ago

This is crazy