It’s hard to tell just by looking at 13 Warehouse Row in Colonie, but State Police say this is the location of a what was called “The Albany Poker League Penthouse Social Club.”
Six nights a week, illegal poker games were apparently being held with upwards of 50 people playing each night.20-year-old Anthony Scialdone and 25-year-old Zachary Williams were allegedly the ring leaders.
Forty-year-old Chad LeComb and 23-year-old Michio Cohen were also charged. Police confiscated $10,000 and a high-tech security system.
“If you set up a game where you’re charging people admission to come in and play, or you’re taking a percentage of each pot or both, that is illegal under New York law,” said Tom Carr an attorney at Tully Rinckey.
State police say that’s exactly what was happening at the Social Club. An undercover investigator was able to enter the club after paying $100 and he confirmed the dealers were “raking the pots” and thus making a profit.
“Taking the money, charging the people admission, is promoting gambling,” said Carr. “Therefore it’s a criminal act. And you know working with other people in that end, that’s where the conspiracy charge comes in.”
All four men face charges of conspiracy in the 6th degree and promoting gambling—a class A misdemeanor.
“Any class A misdemeanor is punishable by a year in jail,” said Carr. “If these people don’t have records, than it is extremely unlikely they’ll get a year in jail. But, the possibility does exist.”
All four have been issued appearance tickets and will appear in Colonie Town Court on July 6th.