Another Idiotic Poker Bust

by Lou on April 19, 2008

Here’s another in a series of stupid poker busts that made the news. The Fort Mill Times, a Rock Hill, South Carolina newspaper reported on poker arrests in Alaska … as if that’s of national concern, or of any interest at all to South Carolinians living 3,000 miles away.
Anyway, the gist of the story was that Samuel Henry, the last of eight people accused in this case, was sentenced for operating an illegal poker room in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough. He received a two-year suspended sentence—just like the others in the case—and ordered to perform 40 hours of community service.
Henry ran an illegal poker room for James McDowell, a former Chugiak High School vice principal. McDowell got a two-year suspended sentence and a $5,000 fine.
They busted the poker room a year ago, finding more than $9,000 in cash, 14 poker tables and 11 players.
It’s just another imbecilic waste of police power, time, manpower, and effort. With 14 tables and only 11 players, they could have allowed the place to fail on its own. I don’t know what time of day they conducted the raid, but with only 11 players in a 14-table room, business wasn’t exactly booming.
Isn’t Alaska supposed to be the last of the live-and-let-live states, were people go to reinvent themselves, and don’t much care about what their neighbors do unless it impinges on them? Live and learn, I suppose. The bureaucratic vibe certainly seems to have taken hold there—at least as far as protecting the unsuspecting public from the gambling habits of 11 poker players who are now presumably going to be spending a month’s worth of weekends picking up trash from the side of the road.

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gtycoon May 9, 2008 at 2:11 am

I have been seeing more and more poker busts all over the poker news over the last several months.

It’s like they have started a “War on Poker” to go along with the “War on Drugs” and the “War on Terror”.

It is hillarious when you read about the busts…

“Police found poker tables and poker chips.”

oooooooooo…So scary those poker tables and poker chips!

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