Two arrested in alleged illegal poker game in Saratoga Springs

Monday, October 15, 2012
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— Police have arrested two men for allegedly running an illegal poker game.

On Oct. 5, members of the New York State Police Special Investigations Unit, State Police Troop G in Saratoga and the Saratoga Springs Police Department obtained a warrant and searched 77 Van Dam St, Room 14 in Saratoga Springs. They seized about $3,000 in cash, poker chips, playing cards and poker tables.

The search warrant was the culmination of a two-month-long investigation by state police into an illegal Texas Hold’em poker game taking place on Monday and Thursday evenings.

Arrested for promoting gambling in the second degree, a Class A misdemeanor, were 44-year Joseph F. McTiernan of St. Johns Drive in Gansevoort and 27-year old Arthur S. Wexler Jr. of Tanager Way in South Glens Falls.

Both defendants were issued tickets to appear on Oct. 22 at 9:00 a.m. at the Saratoga Springs City Court.

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October 15, 2012
2:54 p.m.
Fritzdawg says...

What a pathetic waste of time, and money. I wonder how many thousands of dollars were spent on salaries, and investigative resources just to yield 2 misdemeanor arrests?

In a state that wants to legalize casinos no less.
Police press briefings these days would benefit greatly if they provided a laugh track.

October 15, 2012
3:06 p.m.
rswanker says...

I agree with Fritzdawg. What a waste of time and money. The state has no business 1) being in the gambling business (lottery) while 2) promoting private gambling only when they can be sure it benefits them (casinos) and at the same time 3) making it illegal for others to gamble. At minimum its hypocritical and unethical to keep gambling illegal while running the lottery.

October 15, 2012
3:51 p.m.
pbd says...

Seriously? SERIOUSLY? Law enforcement personnel have no bigger fish to catch? And $3,000 eh? Wow. That's it?! Spare me. Let's all remember this the next time they're looking for a raise.

October 15, 2012
3:53 p.m.
Root_Beer says...

I agree with the previous 2 comments, there was probably overtime involed too. I wonder if fredom of information could get us a price for this complete waste of taxpayer money!

October 15, 2012
8:55 p.m.
charjex says...

The authorities in charge of the police must step up and see to it that they use their time and resources wisely. The time of these officers could better have been spent solving real crimes, those with victims, or patrolling for drunk drivers.

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