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In the US, the majority of the poker talk has moved towards the online poker industry's future in the country. Land-based casinos continue, meanwhile, to operate poker tables, and many illegal poker games are also taking place.
On Thursday, a federal grand jury indicted West Carrollton club owner Stanley W. Combs III on charges related to operating an illegal gambling business and tax fraud. Authorities claim that Combs was making his living from illegal poker games.
Colbs, according to the indictment, ran poker games for profit, which is illegal in Ohio. The four counts of making false statements on federal income tax returns stem from returns that Combs filed in 2004 through 2007.
If convicted, Combs could face up to five years in prison on the illegal gambling charge. The income tax fraud charges carry a maximum sentence of three years in prison, and a fine of $100,000. Combs could be fined $250,000 from the gambling charges.
"As casino gambling has become increasingly available throughout the US, authorities have cracked down harder on illegal gambling operations,' said Gaming Analyst Steve Schwartz. "The authorities see any illegal gambling operation as taking revenue away from the legal gambling options."
In Ohio, voters approved casino gambling for the first time ever last November. Casinos will be built in Cincinnati, Columbus, Cleveland, and Toledo. The expected tax revenue from the casinos is in the millions annually, and the casinos are also expected to bring thousands of new jobs to the state.
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