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State Liquor Agent Puts Kibosh on Tavern Poker

By Chuckmonster on Saturday, 27th August 2005 11:05am
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t was poker night at Bogie's Billiards in Clarence, when a stranger wandered in to ask about joining the card game.

The poker games packed the pool hall, and there was no room at the card tables, owner Tom Buckley explained. Next thing Buckley knew, the stranger was snapping pictures.

He was with the State Liquor Authority.

The state investigator immediately shut down that poker game earlier this month and cited Buckley for violating the Alcohol Beverage Control Law, which prohibits gambling on poker at establishments holding a liquor license.

It hasn't been the only poker game broken up by the SLA in recent weeks and probably won't be the last.

Poker is hot. Thanks to television coverage of poker tournaments, surging interest among amateurs and the emergence of the poker game Texas Hold 'em, games have been popping up at bars, pool halls and lodges all over Western New York the past several months.

And the SLA has been sending out warnings, handing out fines and wielding the power to revoke liquor licenses.

"You see it on TV, but you can't play it in your own doggone tavern with your buddies?" said Carl Galante, owner of Classic Cue Billiards in Depew, which stopped its poker games after the Bogie's bust.



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