Gamblers in Auckland, New Zealand are on high alert after a private game on the North Shore was targeted by an armed trio in the early hours of Saturday morning. According to the media, the suspects held players at gunpoint before making off with thousands of dollars in cash. No arrests have been made yet.
Shades of Molly’s Game?
The rental property in Northcote Point, was surrounded by CCTV cameras but the footage has yet to provide any leads for the police. The suspects were able to make their getaway after ditching their car in nearby Avondale.
Neighbors of the property said they were aware of the poker games and described men and glamorously dressed young women coming and going at all hours of the night. Maybe not as glamorous as the clientele that populated Molly’s Game, but the word is that the game was fairly high stakes.
Holding private poker evenings or tournaments is legal in New Zealand but subject to a range of restrictions. It is stated that:
“As a general rule, poker tournaments or evenings can only be conducted in New Zealand if the purpose behind them is to raise funds for the community.” A DIA spokesperson confirmed that there was no record of the Onewa Rd home or the name used for the poker evenings being associated with a Class 3 license. The spokesperson urged that any information on venues that may be operating illegal poker games is welcomed by Internal Affairs.
Police are urging anyone with information about the incident to come forward. The suspects are still at large, and the police are conducting enquiries in the hope of tracking them down.
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