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This county is now sending in SWAT teams to raid high-stakes poker games

Turns out they weren’t bluffing.

Last November a Fairfax County, Virginia SWAT team saw a high stakes poker game’s six-figure pool at the Great Falls casino and raised them assault rifles, The Washington Post reports. The players swiftly folded.

The seizures included $150,000 from the game’s host. Eight of the 10 players were charged with illegal gambling, a misdemeanor punishable by up to a $500 fine.

Small potatoes compared to the minimum buy in at the table in Great Falls–$20,000. That’s twice what it costs to enter the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas.

This isn’t the first time Fairfax police have raided private poker games.

“At times, we’ve seen illegal activity involved in these games,” spokeswoman Lucy Caldwell told the Post. “Additionally, at times, illegal weapons are present. With these large amounts of cash involved, the risks are high. We’ve worked cases where there have been armed robberies.”

In the end, the men cut a deal with prosecutors. Police returned 60 percent of the money seized in exchange for the charges being dismissed, assuming the perps keep their noses clean for the next six months.

Tyler  Waldman About the author:
Tyler Waldman is a general assignment writer for Rare. Follow him on Twitter @aresef.
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