Poker club no longer opening in Abilene, owners fear prosecution – Big Country Homepage

A poker club that was going inside a renovated Abilene fire station is no longer opening because the owners fear prosecution.  A poker club that was going inside a renovated Abilene fire station is no longer opening because the owners fear prosecution. 

ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – A poker club that was going inside a renovated Abilene fire station is no longer opening because the owners fear prosecution. 

The Roosevelt Club, once touted as ‘Abilene’s Premier Social Club for Legal Poker’, was slated to move into the fire station on the 400 block of Butternut Street in March.

However, a few days after news of the pending poker club broke, Abilene police sent ‘cease and desist’ letters to establishments around town that already had gambling or where about to open and offer gambling as a service.

A final statement announcing the end of the poker club was issued by The Roosevelt Friday reads as follows: 

Friends,

We have decided that we are no longer going to pursue The Roosevelt Club venture. The attorney general declined to give a decision on the issue of the contested legality of places like The Roosevelt Club. Despite large support from the community, the Abilene Police Department and the District Attorney have made their intentions clear that if we were to open under any model, even those currently used by charities in Abilene and the Abilene Country Club, they would prosecute criminal offenses including up to felony organized crime. While we are right on the law, going through criminal prosecution to open a business is not a feasible option. While it was always our desire to bring something positive and fun for the community as well as opening a business that would have provided 20 plus job, it is something that our local

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