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Police raiding underground gambling ring in Paris


In full curfew, the customers of this gaming circle in the 10th arrondissement were seated behind the iron curtain of a closed restaurant,

The police signed the end of the game.

The players have folded up their gaming tables, put away their cards and repacked their chips.

Sunday, at 12:15 am, a night crew from the 10th district police station carried out an operation, far from the usual "classic" arrests among people, during clandestine parties, in full curfew.

This Monday, a man and a woman are in police custody, at the Xth police station, prosecuted for "non-compliance with the curfew and endangering others".

Shadows behind a lowered iron curtain

It all started in the night from Saturday to Sunday, at the random of a police patrol, rue Sambre et Meuse, next to the Saint-Louis hospital (Xe), not far from the Colonel Fabien metro.

The police are intrigued by the lowered iron curtain of a restaurant, behind which we can see shadows.

The officials enter and discover about twenty clients.

"They were seated, specifies a police source, consumed drinks and played poker".

The officials also discover a book of accounts, on which appear sums of money appearing to correspond to their part and specifying the value of the tokens.

The police then checked each person and recorded their identities in order to issue them later, up to € 135 each, for non-compliance with the curfew.

The players were then asked to return home.

The gambling den has been closed.

Bars or rented apartments to play

As for the owners of this illicit trade, they nominated themselves spontaneously.

It is a man and a woman.

The latter who acted as a croupier, said to be a waitress.

Arrested and taken to the police station, the duo were taken into custody.

The duty magistrate was notified.

The investigation is continuing.

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This is not the first time that the police have thwarted an underground poker game.

Six weeks ago, on the weekend of January 23 and 24, four men and a woman who were organizing traveling parties in the capital were arrested in the 13th arrondissement.

It had been two months since fifteen specialized police officers from the central racing and games service had been following them.

The well-established organizers rented successive apartments for a few days and brought together players on social networks.

The participants were all auditioned.

The two organizers and their accomplices were arrested.

"Since the confinement, notes a source close to the file, the curfew but also the closure of gambling circles in Paris, illegal gambling dens abound".

Source: leparis

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