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'Ohio poker den raided by police, 17 arrested'

Discussion in 'Home Poker and the LAW' started by Midnight Rose, Mar 30, 2006.

  1. Midnight Rose

    Midnight Rose Well-Known Member

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    (Finally, a place to talk about legal issues related to poker. Who'da thunkit?)

    Saw this on pokerlistings.com today:

    Ohio poker den raided by police, 17 arrested

    2:30 PM, Wednesday, March 29, 2006
    by Lianne Elias

    A Sabina, Ohio, poker den was targeted last weekend in an effort to shut down illegal Texas Hold'em games, it was revealed by a local NBC news network, NBC4i. Armed with a search warrant, a team of police officers arrested 17 men at the poker den, which authorities claim has been fronted by an auction house for the last year. Of the 17 arrested, only the organizer could be sentenced to jail. Poker is considered illegal in Ohio when the house takes a cut of the pot.

    "We don't have a big problem with a card game, but we have a problem if somebody's making a profit off of it illegally," said Sabina Police Chief Gerald "Bud" Strickland.

    Investigators have confirmed the each of the 17 men arrested paid $15 to play and that a cash box was found on the premises containing about $1,500.

    Police obtained a search warrant after a member of the local force was invited to compete by a poker playing friend.
     
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  2. hachkc

    hachkc Well-Known Member

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    $15 buyin and no security personal or measures in place, wow. Wonder how much rake/cut the guy was taking, maybe $5.

    Keep up the good work guys.
     
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    Somebody just lost a friend.
     
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  4. gwilkx

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    Chief Gerald "Bud" Strickland should be quite proud today.

    What's the vig on a $15 game? Maybe $5 on the high end? So the house made a lousy $85 on the game and that's worth getting a search warrant and sending an armed team of officers to the place?

    Bud needs to find bigger fish to chase. . .

    gw-
     
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  5. Vitesse304

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    wow, our bar game gets more cash than that.
     
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  6. Nexttime

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    Wow. Nice to know that Sabina, Ohio has gotten rid of the drug dealers, wife beaters, child abusers, meth labs, street gangs, illegal guns sales and other petty offenses so they can go after these bad boys.

    I'll sleep safer tonight.


    meow.
     
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  7. Wedge Rock

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    17 arrested x $15 buyin = $1500?! They musta been raking for awhile...

    Also, why were the other 16 arrested if only the organizer can be charged?!
     
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  8. Harlequin011

    Harlequin011 Sin City Showdown Host

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    There may be another charge the players can catch that don't carry jail time. Like

    " attempting to have a good time in the confines of a private domicle where no one gets hurt and their there on their own volition."

    also know as ordiance NOF Section U Paragragh N.
     
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  9. gmunny

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    I think it means that each of the 17 people paid $15 each or $255 in total vig. Maybe they payed by the hour or session. I think the cash box had the player's money in it. Still for $255 bucks, doesn't seem like a good use of time. Heck that's the cost of one traffice ticket in L.A. It probably cost 10x for the manpower to raid the place! What a joke.
     
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  10. Jambine

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    I guess some folks are not as sharp as they could be.
     
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  11. VARoadstter

    VARoadstter Now just a loudmouth
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    It made the news, so I'm guessing the police got out of it what they wanted.
     
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    Bad Boys, Bad Boys, whatcha gonna do, whatcha gonna do when they come for you........Please dont seize my New Yorkers Officer :)
     
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  13. Quads

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    The way I read it is that they were paying a flat fee for playing, perhaps by hour, night, etc.. Perhps not raking each pot.
     
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    probably. this is how I would run it if I were to open a card room. With rake boxes in the tables, the police have an open and shut case... with the profit in my pocket they don't really have proof that it's not just friends playing poker.

    ... until a cop gets invited. what a *******.

    edit, the stars indicate "stupid donkey" not "chocholate starfish".
     
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