Two indicted over illegal poker room in Arizona
Running an illegal operation out of a public venue isn’t usually a good idea
Operating an illegal poker room in a public location isn’t such a great idea. It’s possible to hide the activity for a while, but eventually someone is going to flip out and lose it over getting beat and, at this point, the proverbial cat comes out of the bag. At the very least, someone will become suspicious when they keep seeing new decks of cards coming in while old cards are being thrown away. For two unlucky entrepreneurs in Arizona, they’ll be able to contemplate the error of their ways after recently being busted, and subsequently indicted, for an illegal poker operation being organized in a Phoenix bar.
John Anthony Schnaubelt and David Lee Dilettoso have been indicted on three felony counts of running illegal poker club out of Toso’s Sports Bar and Grill in north Phoenix.
They apparently managed to get away with it for about eight months, having first launched their enterprise in June of last year before being arrested this past January.
Schnaubelt even had a legitimate corporation, Real Poker LLC, set up to lead the organization. The 53-year-old owned the bar and has been accused of conspiracy, promotion of gambling and illegal conduct of an enterprise.
He is reportedly the man who put it all together. Dilettoso, 62, is the owner of the bar and is facing the same charges, as well as seven misdemeanor counts related to liquor license violations.
Both will have to appear before a judge on September 17 to enter their plea. Since their arrests resulted from an investigation conducted by the Arizona Department of Gaming and the Arizona Attorney General’s Office, and Arizona doesn’t allow gambling where liquor is sold, the conspirators will most likely decide to admit their guilt to save themselves some extra grief.