Police in Toronto have just busted an illegal card room
By Bob Garcia
Police just north of Toronto, Canada today issued a news release announcing that they’ve busted an illegal casino and spa. A news conference with York Regional Police (the district in which the seizure took place) is set to take place at 11am ET, but as of publication time, details are scarce.
While further details on the ongoing investigation into illegal gaming and organized crime will be released soon, police revealed the following:
• 33 people have been charged with more than 70 counts
• Charges are related to alcohol and weapons
• More than $1 million in cash and equipment has been seized
• $1.5 million in alcohol was seized
• 11 firearms were seized
• A 20,000 square foot mansion worth $9 million CDN (about $6.7 million USD) has been “restrained”
The presence of an illegal gambling establishment isn’t much of a surprise, given the current state of poker room options in the Greater Toronto Area. Casinos in the GTA have been closed for months in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. And as they begin to come back to life, current restrictions mean that only 50 people can be on the property at once, and no table games are permitted.
When table games are eventually permitted, it’s not clear if poker will be part of the mix, given the lack of social distancing capability at the tables.
York Regional Police Deputy Chief, Brian Bigras and Supt. Mike Slack will be addressing the media at 11am on Wednesday.