Facebook is a great place to set up and organise events, but you better think twice before organising your next home poker tournament there, especially if you live in the land down under. David Desmond Bowen, 32, from Tasmania (an island state, part of the Commonwealth of Australia) invited 25 friends to his Facebook-event, a $150 buy-in home poker tournament at a house in Norwood last Octobe[...] Read more » Tasmanian Man In Trouble With The Law Over Home Poker Game Organized Via Facebook
Joined: Sep '13
Location: Bosnia and Herzegovina
Age: 30 (M)
this $hit is getting ridiculous really. You ant organize a poker tourney at your own home, with your own friends anymore?
apparently, there wasnt any 'rake' either so not sure why would police bother with stuff like this, thought there might be a bit bigger fishes to catch... but no, obviously, poker home games are the root of all evil :X
This story is totally on par with the one in a couple weeks back, when american authorities struck down on a penny games played in a retirement home. So full of hardcore ballers - these tasmanian hobby games. I should totally check one out.
Joined: May '13
Age: 26 (M)
haha the law is the law though it is too strict in the USA, they would be better off economically and financially to re allow gambling. It will makes them lots of money and the gambling industry can create jobs etc, but as you know there will always be some degenerate out there that will make the gov not remove the current gambling laws and so on. Poor man!
Joined: Apr '09
Age: 33 (M)
What a load of b******t.
Also - there must be more to this story; I live in Australia and we're really relaxed about those kinds of laws, I've NEVER known someone to get in trouble for holding home games and I've even known home games to involve the local police force members.
Australia really isn't tough on crime, especially compared to places like the USA.
This guy must have really pissed someone off - to the point someone dobbed him in AND made enough noise that the police were forced to act.
Joined: May '08
Age: 32 (M)
well well what do you know- today erly in the morning (while even pigs where sleeping) inspectors from tax bureau together with police officers broke into my home because they received some info "from informed sources" (teddybears?) and demanded me to give away my stars id and password...that's not the main news though...they also found my illegal "ball shaving stand" & cannabis plantation so i am now officially out of business...seriously considering doing a "Peter's Act" with easter home game bank
Joined: Apr '09
Age: 37 (M)
This new wave of having authorities using Facebook to get offline crimes is giving me headackes, it doesn't make any sense! In my country we have had a guy talking bad about his company on Facebook and the company used that as an official reason to be able to fire him. Come on! There are so many public workers talking bad about the government and they will not be fired, how can a private company use that as an excuse and the court accepted it!!
Joined: Mar '12
Location: United Kingdom
Age: 33 (M)
Horseshit. police trying to flex their muscles by busting internet related things like this is just fucking lame. this isn't a crime on any level. This is what happens when police officers start operating from an office chair.