Having recently attracted media attention when poker pro Phil Hellmuth and Yankee star Alex Rodriguez were spotted at the club, the Broadway Club experienced heat of a different kind this past Friday night when NYPD squads raided the bar.
According to the NYPD, $56,000 was confiscated and 13 employees arrested, all of who have been charged with promoting gambling, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of gambling paraphernalia. Marijuana was reportedly found in the establishment, which was raided after a complaint was filed by a patron who claims he saw another patron pull a gun inside.
The Broadway Club is located in Chelsea on the 6th floor of 151 West 25th St. Over 20 players were found inside at the time of the raid and were detained and questioned for a number of hours but not arrested. It is not illegal to play poker in New York; it is illegal to profit from promoting it. It is reported that the players were competing in a qualifying round for a high stakes tournament.
This is the third New York poker parlor to have been raided in the last six months. In May, 39 employees were arrested and $100,000 seized after police raided the two biggest clubs in the city - the Players Club and Play Station. Police officials are attempting to crack down on illegal poker clubs which have been surfacing more frequently as a result of the increasing popularity of poker.