In most areas across the globe it is illegal to host a poker game and take a cut, unless you have a license. Sometimes, words gets around that players are getting together to play poker and government officials step in. This is exactly what happened to a group of Saratoga Springs residents. Police raided a facility last week in Saratoga Springs and in the process, two arrests were made.
The incident took place last week and was part of a two month long investigation. Police had been investigating a Van Dam street building after being tipped off that the building was home to a twice a week poker game. Police conducted their investigation for two months before obtaining a search warrant and raiding the facility.
When officials arrived on the scene, they found an illegal poker game in action. The game was taking place in room 14 of 77 Van Dam and two men were arrested on the spot for being the alleged organizers of the game. Joseph F. McTiernan, age 44 and Arthur S. Wexler Jr, age 27, were arrested for organizing the event.
The tournament taking place was of the Texas Hold’em variety and police were able to seize $3,000 in cash. Other items were taken from the scene including poker chips, poker tables and other items that are related to the game of poker.
In the state, residents are not allowed to organize card games for profit without a state permit. This group was apparently hosting their games, without the proper paperwork, and police found out about it. Both men who were arrested for organizing the event have been released and are pending prosecution in the Saratoga Springs City Court. We will stay on top of the developments in the case and report information as it is released.
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