Poker In Oklahoma: It’s Not OK

Bar league infiltrated by undercover cop.

According to NewsOn6, a pair of poker entrepreneurs were stung by an undercover police officer yesterday when they attempted to run an illegal poker tournament in Tulsa’s aptly named Undercurrent Club.

Pete Manzanares and Julie Jones advertised a bar-league style tournament, a free affair, which is perfectly legal but then, as the tournament wore on, required people to pay for chips.

Money in a poker game? Call for backup!

The man and woman were booked on complaints of gambling, the bar owner faces the possibility of losing his liquor license and police even say that the 45 people who were playing in the game could face arrest.

The community then rallied around the efforts in the Facebook comments section:

Another example of cops with to much time on they’re hands!

way to go TPD making Tulsa so much safer…meanwhile real crimes with real victims are occurring.

Can’t believe they sent an undercover officer to bust a poker game. What a waste of time and resources. They really need to get there priorities in order.

Thanks for wasting tax payer money and limited police resources, TPD! We’re SO glad that you increased your arrest rate without any benefit whatsoever to the community. Bravo!

The couple was booked in the county jail and bailed out for $1k each a few hours later.

If you or someone you know has a gambling problem and wants help, call the Virginia Council on Problem Gambling (VACPG) helpline at 1-888-532-3500
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