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   Thursday, July 18 2024 
Paris: An illegal poker party organizer arrested

On July 10, an organizer of illegal poker tournament, aged 41, was arrested by the French police. Company manager, Michael B organized illegal poker nights at his home, located in the Rue de la Faisanderie in the XVI th arrondissement of Paris. Professional players, wealthy businessmen and even celebrities were among his loyal customers. According to sources, Patrick Bruel made several appearances in this clandestine club. He was also questioned by the police for his involvement in this matter. Players had to pay € 10,000 in order to attend these evenings. Several hundred Euro were thus at stake in each game. During the search set up by the brigade of banditry acts repression, checks signed by players totaling € 230,000 were found.

Note that two people including David T and Jean-Jacques G were already arrested last June for organizing illegal poker tournaments. They welcomed players in their apartments one of which is located in the Parc Monceau and the other in the Bois de Boulogne. A sum of money of over € 115,000 was discovered during the search and playing materials and weapons. The three men have undoubtedly violated the law with the organization of illegal gambling. Their penalization can be costly which could be three years' imprisonment plus a fine payment amount € 45,000. In the case if the police evidence that they are part of a network of criminals, they may spend ten years in prison and pay a fine of € 150,000.

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