WICHITA, Kansas – A local poker room was raided this weekend after multiple complaints were made and the business would not comply with the law.
Gambling is illegal in the state of Kansas and Wichita police are trying to educate and remind the public, before they take matters into their own hands.
Wichita police say they have been seeing a staggering increase in complaints about local poker rooms.
“We’re trying to address each one. Again, education is always our first choice, but if that doesn’t work, we’ll do the enforcing side,” stated Capt. Kevin Mears, of Wichita Police Department, Special Investigations.
KSN first reported a month ago that there were businesses like Nilla’s Poker Room that were still operating, even after other Wichita card rooms shut down.
“We received complaints. We executed a state search warrant,” explained Capt. Mears.
Just this weekend, police investigators got a search warrant and raided Nilla’s on East Kellogg. Authorities arrested seven people on gambling charges.
“If they are not following state law and we do get an illegal complaint of some sort, we have undercover detectives that actually go in and will gamble. They will go in and record what’s going on and get the evidence and show that this is a gambling facility,” Capt. Mears stated.
KSN asked police what led to the arrests right now but, they couldn’t go into detail because it’s an on-going investigation.
However, Captain Mears explained that the cases are complaint driven, with more residents and business owners calling in with concerns, police will continue to enforce the law.
“A lot of people, unfortunately, have bad information. They tend to listen to could be the internet, or could be someone who’s just talked to someone and gotten the information. I’d rather that they just get the facts. They need to facts and the bottom line is in Kansas you cannot gamble,” Capt. Mears said.
Many are wondering why poker is illegal in Kansas, but, raffles and bingos aren’t, even though they are all games of chance.
It’s really pretty simple. According the Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission, gambling is classified as simply making a bet.
Players don’t place bets when they play bingo or are involved in raffles.
Yet, they do place bets during the game of poker.
Therefore, making poker illegal in Kansas.