Police shut down an illegal Poker operation in Phoenix, Arizona


Posted on the 16th of August 2016

Police shut down an illegal Poker operation in Phoenix, Arizona

Arizona Department of Gaming and the Phoenix Police Department recently shut down an illegal poker business and took three suspects into custody. Esho Odisho, 31, and Ashour Hermez Odisho, 45, were identified as owners and operators of Poker Union, and Bruce Lord, 46, was identified as the poker-tournament manager, were arrested but were later released on their own recognizance after their court appearance. The illegal poker room allowed members and invited guests to place wagers during games and tournaments. “One of the things that made it illegal versus your normal poker game that you might have at your own home is the business was profiting off of the folks that were in here playing poker. No matter win or lose, the business would typically take a portion of the money.” Explained Arizona Department of Gaming spokeswoman Amanda Jacinto.

According to court documents, the men “conducted poker tournaments out of the Poker Union and while conducting the tournaments received a direct benefit from gambling by receiving a percentage of the buy- in fees, rebuy fees and the add-on fees the poker players were assessed in order to play or continue to play in the poker tournaments.”

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