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Friday, August 15th, 2008

Bust 33 for Poker

Written by Tom Somach in Poker News

Authorities in the State of Tennessee raided an illegal poker club Tuesday and arrested 33 people.

According to media reports, members of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, the Tennessee Highway Patrol, the Shelbyville Police Department and a State drug task force raided a building in Shelbyville, Tennessee, USA, at about 8 p.m. Tuesday, with search warrant in hand.

Inside the building, the law enforcement officials found 26 people, seated at four poker tables, playing poker, media reports said.

In addition, the officials found four poker dealers, a security guard and two others described as game promoters, media reports said.

All 33 people found at the poker club were arrested, media reports said.

Law enforcement officials also seized about $48,000 in cash, plus poker chips and other poker paraphernalia, guns and marijuana, media reports said.

The promoters, James Chad Tucker, 38, and his wife, Christina Tucker, 37, both of Shelbyville, were each charged with once count of aggravated gambling promotion, a felony, and one count of possession of gambling devices, a misdemeanor, media reports said.

The security guard and the four dealers were also each charged with aggravated gambling promotion, and, along with the promoters, were jailed, media reports said.

The 26 poker players were given misdemeanor citations for gambling and released, media reports said.

According to law enforcement officials involved in the raid, the poker club, which only operated on Tuesdays, collected a “rake” or cut of each poker hand, media reports said.

The club had been under surveillance by law enforcement for about four months, media reports said.

(E-mail Tom Somach at [email protected].) =A0

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