re: Poker & Toronto Poker Club Raided
well this takes the cake......
Fire company getting burned on poker tourneys
By SANDRA K. REABUCK
SEWARD—Texas hold 'em card games may be popular among poker players, but they aren't a legal form of gambling in Pennsylvania
- as one area fire company is finding out the hard way.
Seward Volunteer Fire Company held at least three money-raising poker tournaments in 2007.
Now, the state Attorney General's Office is seeking $40,814 from the illegal games.
Of that, $9,728 was seized by state troopers during a tournament Aug. 3. An additional $31,086 was deposited by the fire company into its account at AmeriServ Financial of Johnstown. Those deposits were identified by fire company Treasurer James Darby as proceeds from a Texas
hold 'em tourney, said Robert Stewart, a senior deputy attorney general.
"Pennsylvania case law sets forth that poker is unlawful gambling ... and that it is unlawful to profit from unlawful gambling," Stewart said.
Cambria County District Attorney Patrick Kiniry said he wasn't aware of similar raids in Cambria.
In the past two years, Kiniry said he has fielded inquiries about holding the games to raise money for nonprofit activities.
His advice: The tournaments aren't legal small games of chance, so don't hold them.
"The state police confirmed they consider it illegal and would be systemically raiding them throughout the state," Kiniry said,
Greensburg attorney Jeffrey Monzo, who represents the fire company, could not be reached for comment.
Let me get this straight so in Pennsylvania its legal for granny to spend her whole social security check at the bingo hall.(local churches vfw)
Your local school can sell thousands of raffle tickets
(school sports clubs trips etc..)
You can trow away your money in a slot machine(property tax cuts).
You can buy lottery tickets to benefit older Pennsylvanians( Bingo).
But Poker even though its being played to benefit a Non profit organization is illegal.
Wake up PA lawmakers! Fire companies are over burden with the basic cost to operate and perform there irreplaceable life saving services. And these poker tourneys were a way to lighten the burden.
They also provide entertainment to the 100s of people who show up to play and support there local fire co..Why wouldn't you legalize and regulate these tourneys.
I see no downside here.