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North Carolina Police Bust 39 for Playing Poker

It's the Second Large Poker Raid in a Year

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Bad Boys, Bad Boys...North Carolina continued the “Carolina way” of busting up poker games when authorities raided a home where people were playing poker for cash. Fayetteville, North Carolina, police charged 39 people for illegal gambling, a misdemeanor, and the owner of the home where the games were being spread was also charged with illegal alcohol sales.

After searching the cars, police levied charges against several of the players after finding illegal narcotics. Some of the players charged for illegal gambling are members of the Army, stationed at nearby Fort Brag.

Taken in the raid were three poker tables, two pool tables, four flat-screen televisions, surveillance cameras, and $12,000 in cash. An additional $11,000 was seized from the home’s owner.

Last year, North Carolina police busted a tournament in Benson where they seized $71,000 of the players’ money. Rounded up in that raid were professional players Michael Gracz and Chris Bell. They both make their homes in Raleigh.

In Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, more than 100 people have been charged for illegal gambling for playing poker over the last two years. Four of those charged are fighting the authorities in court. South Carolina law doesn’t clearly establish poker as illegal.

That’s not the case in North Carolina, where playing poker for cash is absolutely illegal. The state’s highest court struck down a challenge to redefine poker as a game of skill, putting it in the same category as blackjack and craps in the eyes of the law.

 
 
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maninblack
almost 13 years ago

What happened to the cops going after rapists, pedophiles, and murderers? To raid a homegame when there are worse crimes out there makes me as an American sick. Seriously and then they seize the guys tv sets, sounds like the flat screens are gonna end up in some cops house before things are done

 
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maninblack
almost 13 years ago

Also where was their probable cause when searching the cars? Our soldiers are dying for our country yet they cant play a simple card game back home with out being treated as criminals?

 
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PokerJoeK
almost 13 years ago

COPS suck!!! All they want is the cash and merchandise!!! For them to catch real crooks doesn't pay, the real crooks are broke and the cops can't profit from them!!!

 
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ponyneck
almost 13 years ago

This is what happens when you live in a state run by whacko, christian republicans. I used to live there, I know... So if your thinking of voting for McCain/Palin, remember those are the kind of people that support raids like this. Pretty unamerican if you ask me.

 
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