The US poker players have been gravely affected by the Black Friday incident which took place in April, cutting off many spectacular poker tourney offers. Replacing them, is a tiny home game which proves to be a decent alternative and the Indiana Government has agreed to let go these small games and catch hold of many big gambling concerns instead.
In an interview conducted by Justin Mack on the Lafayette Journal with Brian Clawson, a resident and a poker player who indulges in occasional football betting, Clawson said, “It’s just something guys do. It’s the whole competitive nature thing. No one gets hurt, and bragging rights are a little better when you’re winning some cash from your buddy.”
Mack says that these small time poker games will certainly not be of any consequence or importance to the Gaming Control Division, the enforcement wing of the Indian Gaming Commission. The Commission started in 2007 and is paying attention to accepting big gaming operations, seizing forty gambling associated companies since it game into being. Also, since 2011 January, the GCD has seized over 5000 slot machines in its hunt for illegal electronic games.
Home poker games are not of importance to the GCD until the house begins to take a share from the pots and then the gambling operation certainly becomes illegal. The GCD envelopes the entire state with five officers posted for every region of Northern, Southern and Central Indiana. The officers especially target sports betting operations and dog fighting rings and sometimes high stake poker games will be in their focus. Also, according to Mack, there are more serious crimes involved in gambling such as drug, firearm, money laundering and more.
The gaming officers can actually seize these large gambling operations, for instance, in August, a massive gambling operation was seized in Falls Church, Virginia. The operation was supposedly owned by a Vietnamese family and they were functioning as internet parlors in the shopping malls and when confiscated, $1million in cash was seized.
Also, there is another side to the issue where many poker players remember the raid conducted by the law enforcement on a small time home poker game in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina in 2006. The players were issued citations for illegal gambling and $6000 was seized during the game.
The issue can be argued in both ways stating that the law enforcement can certainly target the gaming operations but intruding the space of small non-raked home games, would be infringing upon the American citizens’ freedom.