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Police raid

Discussion in 'Home Poker and the LAW' started by Derryabu, Jan 30, 2006.

  1. Derryabu

    Derryabu Well-Known Member

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    Below is a story from Saturday night when a big tournament in Belfast was raided by police and all money,chips and tables were seized.The suprising thing is that this club has been open for about 2 years and has hosted the N.Ireland championships which was sponsored by Ladbrokes.com and was shown on Sky t.v.
    Not sure why the police have suddenly taken an interest but the frightening thing is that they claim this is only the beginning of a crackdown.
    I was playing in a tourney at my local cardroom here in Derry on the same night and would have welcomed a raid at about 11:30 when a donkey knocked me out with J,3 against my J,K (bastard rivered a 3 after calling my all-in on a J,7,5 board).:sorry:
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  2. Strange

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    Well, its a worrying trend, but I wonder if its all that surprising.

    The Gutshot in London have had their own problems and their court case may well set the tone for the future.

    Interesting that in the Belfast story they also seized roulette table(s). the Gutshot's stance is that poker isn't covered by the current UK laws, and they've not done anything wrong.

    Roulette would be a different issue.

    Its a fair question though, why start now? Are the casino games a new addition that attracted attention?
     
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    Derryabu Well-Known Member

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    I've played a few times in the the Cavendish and have always wondered how they got away with the Blackjack and roulette without having a casino license.I could understand the police closing down the club on these grounds but to storm in with riot gear and announce on a loud speaker that everyone was involved in illegal gambling seemed a bit harsh.
    I run a monthly game at my works social club that has grown to over 50 players with a small percentage going to charity,I wonder is this seen as illegal also?
    I love live play so I would hate to think this is the end of organised multi table tournaments.:disappoi:
     
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    Funnily enough, i run a multi table tourney at a local venue where half the pot goes to charity. I've raised best of £1000 over that last 6 months, but it has recently been pointed out to me that this activity may be illegal.

    I really don't want to get anyone in trouble, so I may just have to stop running these things.
     
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    You should check with your local police or a local attorney.
     
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    I was an elected leader to a small town member's only lodge in TX which we had slot machines to help raise some money for the lodge buy giving away certs for give donated items (no cash back). This had become a trend in the town to have slots the paid in this way until one night the local city officials and sherriffs office decided that they wanted thier cut (taxes) off from them. They raided the main joint (did slots only) and when we and the other lodges heard of this, we immediately shut down our slots. But we still played BINGO!!! lol (and I'm no longer a member of the lodge).
     
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