Portsmouth cracks down on poker halls

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by Carl Leimer

WVEC.com

Posted on July 23, 2010 at 9:52 AM

Updated Wednesday, Sep 8 at 11:27 AM

PORTSMOUTH -- The City of Portsmouth is laying its cards on the table to poker parlor owners.

The commonwealth's attorney will be sending out letters asking for voluntary compliance with the law to stop running poker games and other forms of gambling that aren't sanctioned by the state, according to the police department.

"When we receive information that someone is not complying, then we will begin an investigation and if probable cause develops from that investigation, prosecution will be sought," explained police spokesman Det. John Doyle.

Several poker halls operate across the city and business is booming.

The games there haven't been considered gambling because the game of choice is Texas Hold 'em, considered a skill game, not a game of chance.

The letters will go out next week.

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