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Arizona Shuts Down Alleged Illegal Poker Room

Four Face Charges For Illegal Gambling, Police Say


The Room Room Live/GoogleAuthorities in Arizona raided what they say was an illegal poker room operating in the city of Sierra Vista, per a report from

Officials with the Arizona Department of Gaming said that a nine-month investigation culminated in the shutdown of the alleged illegal poker business at an establishment called The Poker Room Live.

Four individuals were arrested in the Thursday raid, and they each face charges.

A report from the Associated Press stated that the raid was the first of its kind in Sierra Vista, which is located about 80 miles southeast of Tucson.

The state of Arizona is home to a dozen tribal-run poker rooms, most of which are in the Phoenix area. The largest regulated poker room in the state is the roughly 50 tables at Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale. The closest regulated poker room to Sierra Vista is in Tucson.

Poker game raids aren’t really anything new in Arizona. About a year ago there was a high-profile bust of a Phoenix-area poker club that held regular low-stakes cash games and tournaments for its members. About two years prior to that, Arizona authorities raided seven poker rooms in the span of about six months.