19 Plead Guilty in High Stakes Poker Ring

12:30 PM, Apr 15, 2008   |    comments
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Charleston (AP) -- Nearly 20 people charged in a high-stakes poker game that included an assistant prosecutor have pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of unlawful gaming and were fined. The Charleston Post and Courier reports that authorities agreed to dismiss additional counts against the 19 players in exchange for the guilty plea. Most have paid fines between $154 and $257. Nearly 50 other people still face charges. Playing poker for money is illegal under a 200-year-old state law that prohibits dice and card games. One player has asked for a jury trial. He says he wants to use his case to generate support for changing the law. Investigators say the illegal gaming happened at assistant prosecutor Dan Sorenson's home in Hanahan.

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