Underground Poker Room Busted in Mission

An alleged mini casino, also referred to as an underground casino or underground poker room was being run out of a Mission area home. The allegedly illegal gambling home was shut down by police Saturday not during a raid. Police received an anonymous tip and raided a poker game that was being held at 913 Keystrone Drive on Saturday night.

Mission Police Lt. Martin Garza said that investigators found around 40 to 50 people at the location that were all gambling. All of the gamblers allegedly violated that state gambling law by paying a door fee to get inside and play Texas Hold’em for cash.

“It makes it illegal when the house takes money and receives money at the entrance and makes money at the end of the night,” Garza said.

Many of the said illegal gamblers have decided to become witnesses for the state and told detectives that they paid $20 to $40 dollars and sometimes up to $150 dollars to get into the home and play.

These gamblers turned witnesses will likely not face charges but the homeowners and two others that were involved are not going to be so lucky as Garza said that they will likely face criminal charges.

“Right now, we’re looking at bringing charges to the people that are actually responsible for promoting this type of illegal activity: gambling,” Garza said.

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