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Another Note To Self: Do Not Operate Casino Out of Living Room

By Chuckmonster on Thursday, 31st March 2005 4:01pm
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Virginia - The first rule of the Reston Card Club was that the "cards speak." The seventh rule warned players not to "splash the pot." The 10th rule was simply "have fun!"

Until last month, the list of rules hung on the wall of a Reston apartment that Northern Virginia card sharks frequently visited for illegal games of high stakes poker, according to police.

Fairfax County detectives raided the Reston game on Thursday, Feb. 10, arresting 13 suspects and seizing roughly $6,000.

The game's alleged operators, Paul T. Cha, 42, and Ginger L. Everett, 42, were both charged with conducting an illegal gambling operation and possession of gambling paraphernalia. The game's 11 players were all charged with illegal gambling, a crime that carries a maximum $500 fine.

Last August, Fairfax County detectives arrested 24 individuals and confiscated around $20,000 when they busted another major poker game in Centreville. Bradley L. McLaughlin, 28, Jeanna Anderson, 26, and Dexter L. McLaughlin, 52, were all charged with felonies for allegedly running the game.

The two incidents represent a significant increase in the number of illegal Texas Hold 'Em games being held in Fairfax County, police said.



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