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Owners And Operators Of Two Houston Poker Clubs Arrested For Money Laundering

Both clubs — the Post Oak Poker Club and the Prime Social Poker Room — are located in west Houston.

The Harris County District Attorney’s Office and the Houston Police Department are going after two local poker clubs for allegedly engaging in organized crime and money laundering.

District Attorney Kim Ogg announced Wednesday the arrest of nine people who own and operate the Post Oak Poker Club and the Prime Social Poker Room. Both establishments are located in west Houston.

The DA’s Office and HPD worked together on a two-year investigation that led to the arrests and subsequent first-degree felony charges. Ogg said in a news release that players are not being targeted.

The clubs’ bank accounts — which have had millions of dollars flow through them — have also been frozen. 

The investigation isn’t an isolated incident. Last year, five people, including a Houston Police officer, were arrested on gambling and money laundering charges as part of an investigation by the DA’s Office and HPD in the Chinatown area.

Gambling is illegal in Texas. However, as reported by the Forth Worth Star-Telegram, state law offers a defense against prosecution when gambling takes place in a private place where no person receives an economic benefit beyond personal winnings.

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