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Burglars Hit New York Home Poker Game

One Poker Player Shot In Robbery

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Photo by Pixabay - GoranA burglary of a home poker game on Long Island, New York, on Sunday night left one man shot and burglars making off with cash, cell phones, and jewelry.

As the masked intruders were leaving the property around 11:40 p.m., a man entering the home was shot, according to Suffolk County police. The 38-year-old victim was taken to a nearby hospital and is expected to survive, according to police.

“As the men were exiting the house through a side door, they encountered a man who was about to enter the house,” police said. “The burglar with the handgun shot him twice.”

Details On The Crime

Neighbors told New York’s News 12 that the home was known for regularly hosted poker games. There were 11 people in attendance at the game on Sunday night. Police say two suspects held those inside at gunpoint as they collected the loot.

The suspects haven’t been identified and police aren’t sure if the home was targeted because of the poker game. Officers responded to another burglary at the home during a poker game back in 2010 as well, according to reports.

In that case two teens used knives and a pellet gun to burglarize the property. Because the case involved minors, that case is sealed, but police noted that the crimes were similar.

“It was a very similar incident. There were two suspects involved. They came into the house. The proceeds were similar,” Suffolk County police Det. Lt. Anthony Calandrillo told Newsday. “So we’re certainly going to take a look at that incident. At this point, I can’t say it’s connected; we haven’t looked into it that closely yet. But it is the same house, the same owner of the house — we have a similar situation as far as a card game going on in the room.”

Home games in New York are only legal if there is no rake taken. Card rooms are legal, but those are located at casinos upstate. Other legal rooms are located in neighboring Atlantic City, as well as Connecticut’s Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods.

New York is currently considering adding legalized online poker.