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After the ACF, the French Judicial Police also raided Cercle Cadet - France

The atmosphere within Paris-based gambling clubs has been quite a stir these days. One month ago, the” Aviation Club de France” (ACF) was raided by French Judicial Police; and recently the poker room of Cercle Cadet has suffered the same fate. Tuesday, October 14 around 5:30 a.m, a dozen of police officers led by France’s Gambling and Racing Commission officials raided Cercle Cadet, one of the most prestigious gambling clubs located in the ninth arrondissement of Paris. Things being at stake include a major poker tournament, the France Poker Series, which is scheduled to take place on November 22. Compared with the case the ACF is involved in, that of Cercle Cadet seems to be tough enough by considering information broadcasted by the media early on Tuesday. Indeed, the French Judicial Police suspected Cercle Cadet of running undocumented gambling operations, conspiracy, extortion by organized group, money laundering, embezzlement between France and Morocco and breach of trust.

A dozen individuals were arrested following the police raid to the ACF on September 16. This time, 14 people including the owner of the establishment, Serge Kasparian, and several officers were placed in custody. Consequently, the unprecedented closure of Cercle Cadet will, for sure, negatively affect the gambling facility itself, especially its 90 employees along with their families. Pending further information on Cercle Cadet case, that of ACF will be discussed on Thursday, an ultimate hearing to see whether it would be allowed to renew its operating license or not. Both ACF and Cercle Cadet gambling clubs are now closed. Cercle Clichy-Montmartre remains the only one operational gambling club in Paris.

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