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Harris County Sues To Shut Down Poker Clubs Investigated By Houston Police

County Attorney Vince Ryan alleges that the Post Oak Poker Club and the Prime Social Club are open seven days a week for the purpose of illegal gambling.

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Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan wants to shut down two Houston poker clubs whose owners were arrested this week as the result of a two-year joint investigation by the District Attorney’s Office and the Houston Police Department.

The establishments are the Post Oak Poker Club and the Prime Social Club. Both are located in west Houston.

Ryan’s office has filed a civil lawsuit against Post Oak Poker Club owners Daniel Kebort, William Heuer III, Sergio Cabrera, Alan Chodrow and Kevin Chodrow.

The other lawsuit is against Prime Social Club owners and managers Dean Maddox, Brent Pollack and Steven Farshid.

The lawsuits claim that both clubs are open seven days a week for the purpose of illegal gambling. The defendants are accused of “owning and maintaining a nuisance at the poker rooms by promoting gambling, laundering money and engaging in organized criminal activity,” according to Ryan.

As part of the investigation, HPD undercover officers went to the clubs and posed as customers. They were asked to pay a membership fee, a door fee and a fee to play at a poker table inside the clubs.

The lawsuit alleges that officers saw large numbers of patrons inside playing at the poker tables.  The officers bought poker chips to bet on a poker game and were able to turn in their chips and collect cash winnings from employees at the clubs.

In addition, a fraud examiner with the Harris County District Attorney’s Office reviewed the clubs’ financial records. Bank records showed deposits of over $4 million between August 2, 2017, through September 27, 2018, for Post Oak Poker Club. In the case of Prime Social Club, the records showed over $6 million in deposits from October 31, 2017, to January 31, 2019.  A large portion of the money was deposited as cash payments in both accounts, according to Ryan’s office.

“We will not let the defendants get away with these illegal activities that hurt the entire county,” Ryan said in a news release.

You can read the lawsuit against Post Oak Poker Club here:

 

You can read the lawsuit against Prime Social Club here:

 

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