OHIO DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY
1970 W. BROAD ST., 4TH FLOOR
COLUMBUS, OHIO 43223
PHONE: 614-644-2415 FAX: 614-644-2463
For Immediate Release: Contact: Rich Cologie January, 15, 2005 (614) 425-0240
INVESTIGATIVE UNIT BUSTS ILLEGAL
TEXAS HOLD ‘EM
Agents confiscate more than $42,000 in illegal gambling proceeds
CLEVELAND – Agents from the Ohio
Investigative Unit broke up an illegal Texas Hold ‘Em tournament in Avon Lake
last night after conducting an investigation into gambling at an American Legion
Post. Although Texas Hold ‘Em tournaments have become very popular because of
television, they are prohibited under Ohio law, if all proceeds do not go to
charity,” said Ed Duvall, Jr., Deputy Director of the Ohio Investigative Unit.
“Our agents will work with local police agencies across Ohio to enforce the
law to its fullest extent when we receive reports of illegal gambling.” Agents
confiscated playing cards, poker chips, poker tables, and gambling records and
more than $22,000 in cash during a poker tournament with an estimated 100 people
in attendance. American Legion Post 0211, located at 31972 Walker Road, Avon
Lake, was cited for Permitting and/or Allowing Gambling. At approximately 2:00
a.m. Saturday, agents executed a second search warrant at 13924 Cherokee Street
in Middleburg Heights, where they confiscated gambling documents and more than
$13,000 in cash. A third search warrant was executed at 6044 Wilbur in Parma,
where agents confiscated gambling documents and more than $6,000 in cash.
Agents received assistance from Avon Lake Police Department, Middleburg Heights Police Department, and Parma Police Department during the execution of the search warrants.
The American Legion Post will be required to appear before the Liquor Control Commission in Columbus Ohio at a later date. Possible penalties include a fine, suspension, or revocation of their Liquor Permit. Agents will meet with the Cuyahoga County and Lorain County Prosecutor’s Offices to review criminal charges related to the illegal gambling.
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