A man from Cheshunt, Hertfordshire, has been found guilty of laundering money through an illegal poker den and has been sentenced to 15 months in prison. Ahmet Melin was caught after Enfield Council raided the Big Bluff private members club in September 2012 and found it was a front for an illegal poker club.
Enfield Council has a policy of not issuing casino licenses for commercial poker games. However, the club was holding large poker tournaments the proceeds of which were illegal. Furthermore, Melin was found to be withdrawing money from the club for his own purposes.
Chris Bond, the Labour spokesman for environment said, “Enfield Council took swift and decisive action when we found out the Big Bluff Private Members Club was a front for an illegal poker den … We will not tolerate any illegal behaviour and we will continue to take firm action against anyone stupid enough to break the law in Enfield.”
The Gambling Commission’s directory of regulatory operations also commented saying, “This is an excellent example of how a local authority with Gambling Commission support is dealing with illegal gambling in whatever guise it is presented.”