Search warrants served at Phoenix, Mesa poker rooms

Pocket Jacks Poker Room

Credit: Arizona Department of Gaming

Pocket Jacks Poker Room

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by Jennifer Thomas

azfamily.com

Posted on June 9, 2014 at 11:26 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 11 at 10:28 AM

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PHOENIX -- The Arizona Department of Gaming (ADG) seized gambling paraphernalia and surveillance equipment after serving search warrants during an investigation into suspected illegal poker games at two Valley businesses.

Friday night, ADG agents, the Maricopa County Attorney's Office, Mesa Police Department and Phoenix Police Department served simultaneous warrants at Pocket Jacks Poker Room, 9123 E. Southern Ave., in Mesa and Elite Poker Social Club, 3632 W. Pinnacle Peak Road, in Phoenix.

The agents also seized eight poker tables, several televisions, computers, records, cellphones, a .38-caliber revolver, ammunition and more than $2,000 in cash.

The investigation into the two businesses began earlier this year when law enforcement officers received complaints regarding alleged illegal poker games. After interviewing the owners, ADG recommended that corrective action be taken to prevent further liability. According to Jelena Momich with the Arizona Department of Gaming, the poker rooms chose not to comply.

Momich said officers gathered evidence suggesting violations of various state gambling statutes, including possession of gambling devices, benefiting from gambling, promotion of gambling, and possession of gambling records.

The investigations are ongoing and no arrests have been made at this time.

In December, ADG agents, the Maricopa County Attorney's Office, Phoenix Police Department, Department of Public Safety and the Glendale Police Department served warrants at five Valley locations suspected of illegal gambling.

Simultaneous warrants were served on Dec. 12 at Pocket Rockets, 13048 W. Rancho Santa Fe Road, Avondale; Cracked Aces, 15224 N. 59th Ave., Glendale; AZ Poker Supply, 6003 N. 43rd Ave., Phoenix; Poker Play, 4494 W. Peoria Ave., Glendale; and Joker Social Club, 3519 W. Northern Ave., Phoenix.

To report suspected illegal gambling, contact your local police department or ADG at 602-255-3888.

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