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CAP releases statement on ASOP tourney raid
Late last month in Barcelona, Spanish undercover police raided an event held by CasinoAffiliatePrograms.com (CAP) called the Affiliate Series of Poker (ASOP). Now, roughly a week after the incident occurred, CAP has issued an official statement on the raid.
According to the release, CAP made every effort to abide by the local Spanish laws and was caught off-guard by the police action. Furthermore, CAP legal representatives had allegedly cleared all legal issues prior to the event, making it clear it was a private freeroll-style tournament that was not open to the public.
"We don't put these tournaments on without permission, which is exactly why we have a specific registration system and a number of checks that affiliates go through to gain the password. This is on top of a number of other components to ensure we run an event that is completely legal," said Alex Pratt, an organizer for CAP Euro.
"We obviously checked on Catalan and Spanish law prior to this event. The issue at this point seems to have arisen from a little-publicized change in Catalan law that occurred within the past year."
No arrests were made and fines levied by the Spanish authorities were very minimal, according to representatives from CAP.
CAP has decided to resume this year's ASOP tournament in an online format with additional compensation and rewards being offered to the players to make up for the inconvenience.
"This unfortunate event does nothing to detract from the prestige of the ASOP tournament," added Pratt. "We will ensure that all participants can resume their games in an online format, and as a gesture of goodwill, we are increasing the prize pool for the online event."
Police raids are not altogether uncommon in poker, especially in cities where the game is illegal to play with a rake, and over the last couple of years there have been large raids in Texas, Toronto and New York.