The Big Bluff Private Members Club in the UK wasn’t actually a non-profit as it turns out.
Nope…the Green Lane club was merely a front for non-sanctioned (see: super illegal) poker tournaments which police took down in September of 2012. Now, over a year later 33 year-old Ahmet Melin was found guilty and convicted on 5 counts of money laundering because of it, according to This Is Local London.
“This is an excellent example of how a local authority with Gambling Commission support is dealing with illegal gambling in whatever guise it is presented. The message is simple – if you offer poker in a club and are breaking the law, action can and will be taken.” said Nick Tofiluk, Enfield Councils director of regulatory operations.
Must have been hard for authorities to uncover this den of sin as Big Bluff has both a Facebook page as well as Ahmet Melin’s Twitter account regularly promoted events.
Bonus: [How does this story get poker attached to it??] Three fake poker players face possible life sentences