Cops: Man ran gambling hall in West Babylon

Full story: Newsday 17
Police arrested a Nesconset man Sunday for operating an illegal gambling hall in West Babylon, police said. Full Story
JUST TERRIBLE

Kastamonu, Turkey

#1 Apr 28, 2008
Can you believe the horrible crime waves sweeping over suffolk cty.Its a good thing the death penalty has been reinstated.Im sure Spota would agree that these vicious gamblers deserve the ulimate punishment.Him being such a crusader of atrocious crimes such as this.The good hard working law abiding citizens of suffering cty shouldn't have to tolerate a group of people getting together once or twice a week to play texas hold-em ,ITS TOTALLY OUTRAGEOUS ! go get-em Tommy /
doesnt matter

Brooklyn, NY

#2 Apr 28, 2008
totally outragous. RIP lodge had many good times there myself
troy

Lebanon, NH

#3 Apr 28, 2008
Playing the state lottery is gambling,playing the stock market is gambling, placing a bet at the race track is gambling, what's the big deal? If a person want's to spend his money on bingo or a card game, what's the big deal?
The cops should go after real challenging criminals.

Since: Jun 07

Copiague, NY

#4 Apr 28, 2008
All they have to do is charge twenty dollars admission and give free soda, with all poker proceeds going into the payouts and they couldn't be bothered.
Run262

Massapequa Park, NY

#5 Apr 28, 2008
Gambling is only illegal in NY when someone takes a cut off the top, as in policy. Organized crime muscles into other areas of gambling and get involved with loan sharking and extortion. Businessmen have lost their entire stores in 'rip jobs' after being unable to pay off high priced-gambling losses.

I doubt this is the case with the Texas poker in West Babylon, but there are more victims than cops know about.
Seer

Smithtown, NY

#7 Apr 28, 2008
Bill1154 wrote:
All they have to do is charge twenty dollars admission and give free soda, with all poker proceeds going into the payouts and they couldn't be bothered.
Sadly, I think you are incorrect.

I can not understand NY gambling policy and laws! NY owns and heavily markets a multitude of lottery games (ranging from scratch-offs to KENO), NY subsidizes horse betting and finances installation of slot machines.

Poker is arguably played by more people in the state or country than any other game - it can legally be played ANYWHERE in the state until as little as 1 penny is paid for anything that may support the game. You can play a game in your home with your friends for any amount of money and it is legal - but if you pay a dealer to hand out cards you are a felon.

Offer a poker game for free and ask for the players to pay for drinks and you are busted!

If NYS wants to make horse racing and slot machines profitable then we should install poker tables at the tracks and offer a wide range of betting limits and tournaments for players.

Contact your NYS Assembyman and Senator!
Cohiba

Holbrook, NY

#8 Apr 28, 2008
NY can't tax and keep track of all the gambling going on on LI. This is why this type of gambling is still illegal here. If the state/gov can't figure out a good way that they can track and tax, then they make it illegal.
VICTIMS

Turkey

#10 Apr 28, 2008
Victims of their own misfortune & stupidity.
Run262 wrote:
Gambling is only illegal in NY when someone takes a cut off the top, as in policy. Organized crime muscles into other areas of gambling and get involved with loan sharking and extortion. Businessmen have lost their entire stores in 'rip jobs' after being unable to pay off high priced-gambling losses.
I doubt this is the case with the Texas poker in West Babylon, but there are more victims than cops know about.
Frank

New York, NY

#11 Apr 28, 2008
Anyone here think that organized crime was NOT involved in this?
Stephanie Weil

Jersey City, NJ

#12 Apr 28, 2008
Run262 wrote:
Gambling is only illegal in NY when someone takes a cut off the top,
Correction. Gambling is only LEGAL when the GOVERNMENT takes a cut off the top. That's the only reason why these busts happen...the politicians get their panties in a twist because they're not getting a piece of the action.

Since: Feb 08

Bronx, NY

#13 Apr 28, 2008
I can't believe that with all of the taxes I pay on LI that I can't drive to a local card room, sit down and play cards.

Wait a minute... that means that people will have jobs, operators will earn a profit, nobody gets arrested, the cops, judges & prosecutors can fight real crime, less jail space is needed, and more taxes would be collected so my tax rate will be lower! I might get so excited that I will celebrate and go to a huge casino in the Catskills - oh, I knew it was too good to be true. I was dreaming.
Smithtown NY

Bronx, NY

#14 Apr 28, 2008
Where does Newsday and other local stations get their information? I know this individual personally and he was NOT arrested and less than $3,000 was confiscated. He was questioned and told he was free to leave within 90 minutes of the raid. The reason he wasn't arrested was becuase he was not one of the owners of the club. He was just working there for the evening. How can news stations/papers throw around this information when it is so inaccurate.
In addition, over 30 police officers were present during this raid. Is this really where our tax dollars should be spent....taking down a friendly game of cards?
yup

Paterson, NJ

#15 Apr 28, 2008
law enforcement is a joke when 30 police officers are there for the job that 2 or 3 could do. Hopefully alot of drug deals and domestic disputes and other illegal things were going on while 30 on ny's finest were busting a bunch of business men playing cards after work
Run262

Massapequa Park, NY

#16 Apr 29, 2008
Stephanie Weil wrote:
<quoted text>
Correction. Gambling is only LEGAL when the GOVERNMENT takes a cut off the top. That's the only reason why these busts happen...the politicians get their panties in a twist because they're not getting a piece of the action.
Card games, raffles, bingo, or betting on pool hall events are all properly legal.

I tried to explain why illegal gambling can be hazardous.
Seer

Smithtown, NY

#17 Apr 29, 2008
yup wrote:
law enforcement is a joke when 30 police officers are there for the job that 2 or 3 could do. Hopefully alot of drug deals and domestic disputes and other illegal things were going on while 30 on ny's finest were busting a bunch of business men playing cards after work
Don't blame the cops, they are following orders. You need to tell your state representatives that you want poker rooms legalized.
Seer

Smithtown, NY

#18 Apr 29, 2008
Run262 wrote:
<quoted text>
Card games, raffles, bingo, or betting on pool hall events are all properly legal.
I tried to explain why illegal gambling can be hazardous.
Illegal gambling is hazardous for the reason that you pointed out and because underground operators are not regulating who sits at a table and their profits are being used to fund other illegal businesses.

Overall it is better for our society for poker and casino gambling to be legal and regulated.

What is NY afraid of? The lobbyists from NJ & CT casinos? Competition from NY Indian reservation casinos? Lottery receipts will go down?

NY seems to wrong on this one.
Jane

New York, NY

#19 Aug 9, 2014
Maybe you never had to
Walk into the after man of homicide. Or witness homocide in your own neighborhood. Gambling, loan. Sharking. The public has a right to live in an work in neighborhood that safe. An not have to deal with organized crime.i am not a gambling so why does someone have to put up with this crap.

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