100 reported after poker night - Sunday 12th of June 2005

About 100 people, including some from interstate, have been reported after police raided an illegal poker tournament in Adelaide.Police said gamblers appeared stunned when about 30 officers descended on the inner-city clubrooms to break up the sophisticated operation about 9.45 pm (CST) yesterday.They may be charged at a later date with offences including occupying a common gaming house and taking part in an unlawful game.

The offences carry penalties ranging from fines to a jail term.Police also seized a large quantity of cash, poker chips and other gambling paraphernalia. Senior Sergeant Wayne Overmeyer said the poker tournament had been planned to last for up to five days and had been widely advertised through flyers and on the internet.He said the organisers had been warned for conducting similar activities in the past.And he had little sympathy for those gamblers who might have believed they were taking part in a legal event."People should be aware of what the law is in relation to what is an offence, where games can be played and the manner in which games can be played," Sergeant Overmeyer said.

"It's an offence to participate in illegal gambling."Once you play for money, then it becomes unlawful gaming."Police said the poker tables in the club were set up like those at a casino.When officers moved in they spoke to each person, taking names and other details before allowing them to leave.Police will now prepare reports for prosecution authorities who will decide what, if any, charges will be laid.

Other news from around the same time

Casino split puts Blues stadium future in doubt - Sunday 12th of June 2005

A crucial decision on whether to bid for permission to build a super-casino in Birmingham will be ma....


Casino winner is beaten and robbed - Sunday 12th of June 2005

Casino Queen employees could not persuade a winner to take a check instead of cash when he won sever....


Malaysian tycoon bets on IPO for Cambodian casino - Sunday 12th of June 2005

NagaCorp, a Cambodian casino operator owned by Malaysian tycoon Chen Lip Keong, is planning to float....


Pay Strike At Casino Group On the Cards - Sunday 12th of June 2005

The first strike by casino workers in Britain has been threatened in a row over wages and working co....


$21m Adelaide Casino extension opens - Monday 23rd of January 2006

Gaming company SkyCity Entertainment Group hopes to boost the relatively flat revenue and earnings a....


Jury acquits video casino owner, manager of gambling charges - Sunday 12th of June 2005

A video casino owner and his manager were acquitted Friday morning from charges that they violated s....


Macao's casino boom awaits intitial construction - Sunday 12th of June 2005

The rush to cement new structures by hoteliers and casino operators has been making Macao "a city of....


Urban village by Wynn may cost $4 billion - Sunday 12th of June 2005

Details are starting to slither out about developer Steve Wynn's concept for an urban village develo....


Fewer tourists visiting Reno to gamble - Sunday 12th of June 2005

Fewer tourists are visiting the Reno area primarily to gamble, a report shows, and more are coming f....


Singapore loosens moral leash with casino legalization - Sunday 12th of June 2005

Long known for its strict social controls, the city state of Singapore is now planning to develop ca....