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Norfolk police arrest 4 in poker bust

Saturday - 8/17/2013, 11:30am  ET

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) -- Four Norfolk men are charged with running an illegal high-stakes poker game out of a house in a subdivision along the Elizabeth River.

The Virginian-Pilot reports ( ) that the investigation started with a tip last December and led to arrests earlier this month.

According to police, the games of Texas Hold 'em were conducted three nights a week. The minimum buy-in was $100, and the operation raked in about $2,000 a night.

Players who parked at a nearby senior-citizen apartment complex were chauffeured to the house in an SUV. Waitresses offered massages for a dollar minute. Armed security guards, some wearing bullet-proof vests, patrolled the property, and players smoked marijuana on the porch.

Deputy City Attorney Cynthia Hall says such an elaborate operation in a residential neighborhood is unusual.


Information from: The Virginian-Pilot,

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