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Cops bust alleged poker machine gambling ring

Nassau police uncovered an alleged gambling ring involving poker machines placed all over Freeport and Roosevelt, making 17 arrests in the process. Police confiscated 20 of the machines that were sitting

News 12 Staff

Jan 31, 2009, 1:04 AM

Updated 5,643 days ago

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Nassau police uncovered an alleged gambling ring involving poker machines placed all over Freeport and Roosevelt, making 17 arrests in the process.
Police confiscated 20 of the machines that were sitting in barber shops, delis and restaurants in Freeport and Roosevelt, as well as money and weapons. The machines were in plain sight, under the guise that they were set up for entertainment purposes only. However, cops say they were rigged to reel in customers. The payout would start at around 50 percent and then decrease to 30.
Police say the three-year operation netted more than $1 million. Cops seized $40,000 of it, along with two guns. They say the poker machines are usually linked to organized crime and they're still trying to track down who owns the machines.
Many of those arrested were shop owners.


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