More Poker Raids

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

You’d never know violent crime stats actually ticked up over the last year.

In the last couple of months, police have broken up games in Charleston, South Carolina (netting a poker playing cop and prosecutor in the process) and, no surprise here, in Dallas and Houston.

In the Houston case, prosecutors planned to file felony organized crime charges against the operators of a $300 buy-in tournament.

In the Charleston case, investigators went back more than a year to find names of players who may not have been playing on the night of the raid. They then went out and arrested them, too. They were eventually charged with misdemeanors.

Here’s a first-hand account of similar Charleston raid from a couple of years ago:

At the game in 2006, Chimento said there was a knock on the door and then “…all of a sudden it was like a commandos SWAT team raiding a bunch of crack dealers. It’s was like the SWAT team that you see on TV, busting into your home, guns drawn, ski masks on, full protective gear, and demanding we put out hands on top of our heads,” Chimento said. “At first we thought we were getting robbed, then we realized they had police written all over them, and we were like ‘Oh my God, check this out.’ Someone could have easily been killed that night.”

A 78-year-old grandmother was one of the players swept up that night. Police issued citations on the spot and seized about $6,000 in total from all of the players.

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11 Responses to “More Poker Raids”

  1. #1 |  dave smith | 

    So that is why I feel safer. The threat of my neighbors playing poker is less!

  2. #2 |  Packratt | 

    “At first we thought we were getting robbed…

    …Police issued citations on the spot and seized about $6,000 in total from all of the players.”

    Guess what…

    They were robbed.

  3. #3 |  Kid Handsome | 

    I think we see that the quick cash is the reason for these raids. Six grand here, twelve grand there and it starts to add up. Packratt is correct – they were robbed.

  4. #4 |  andyinsdca | 

    As much as I hate a bunch of the socialist and nanny-state aspects of California, this sort of stuff isn’t happening here. I wonder why that is? I’m asking a real question here…what’s the difference between LAPD (or San Diego, San Jose PD, etc) and Houston’s PD that they feel the need to raid a stupid poker game?

  5. #5 |  Stormy Dragon | 

    As much as I hate a bunch of the socialist and nanny-state aspects of California, this sort of stuff isn’t happening here.

    Oh, but it is:

    http://www.theagitator.com/2008/01/14/another-dumb-poker-raid/

  6. #6 |  MacK | 

    Chimento said. “At first we thought we were getting robbed, then we realized they had police written all over them, and we were like ‘Oh my God, check this out.’ Someone could have easily been killed that night.”

    OK I’m going to assume he was wide awake and these were his thoughts, so how is a person that was deep asleep supposed to know in the dark that they are not?

    This should get around to a few Attorneys who have clients like Ryan Frederick.

  7. #7 |  Mike | 

    “seized about $6,000 in total from all of the players.”

    I agree. I think these poker rights are about foreiture. You grab a few thousand dollars and no messy drug trials afterward.

  8. #8 |  Matt Moore | 

    Everyone is commenting on the money being seized but no one has mentioned how little money it was. Doesn’t the fact that they only seized six grand give the lie to the idea that they’re doing this to save families from losing their house and such?

  9. #9 |  online sms sucks | 

    So, does that mean it’s dangerous and illegal to play pokers with my mates on Friday eve?

  10. #10 |  condoms | 

    Plays true to the age old saying…The House always wins!

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