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Tasmanian Man In Trouble With The Law Over Home Poker Game Organized Via Facebook

Tags: Australia, David Desmond Bowen, facebook, home poker game, Tasmania
Posted on Wednesday, April 02, 2014 by "T".
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

  2-Apr-14, 10:49   #1
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Theapple 

Joined: Sep '13
Location: Bosnia and Herzegovina
Age: 29 (M)
Posts: 1552
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

     
  2-Apr-14, 11:13   #2
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pochui 

Joined: May '08
Location: Lithuania
Age: 32 (M)
Posts: 8623
damn it i have a feeling that i might get busted for organizing easter home game

     
  2-Apr-14, 13:11   #3
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bowie1984 

Joined: Apr '12
Location: Hungary
Age: 32 (M)
Posts: 4685
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.

     
  2-Apr-14, 14:53   #4
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Heskor 
Joined: May '13
Location: Mauritius
Age: 25 (M)
Posts: 2659
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!

     
  2-Apr-14, 16:11   #5
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Theapple 

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Posted by pochui:
damn it i have a feeling that i might get busted for organizing easter home game

lol Big Smile

     
  2-Apr-14, 17:34   #6
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Mober 
Joined: Mar '09
Location: Greece
Age: 39 (F)
Posts: 10011
There is another example of stupidity with all these social networks.
Whats the matter, was too hard to pick up the phone and actually talk to people
and invite them over?

     
  2-Apr-14, 18:23   #7
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teddybears73 
Joined: Nov '11
Location: United Kingdom
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Posts: 3174
Posted by pochui:
damn it i have a feeling that i might get busted for organizing easter home game



well i've reported you to the relevant authouroties so we'll wait and see.

Big Smile Big Smile Big Smile

     
  2-Apr-14, 19:00   #8
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ddblt1970 
Joined: Aug '13
Location: Czech Republic
Age: 21 (M)
Posts: 913
Damn gangster, they better put him in jail for at least 20 years.
No, seriously, this is crazy, why can´t you normally play with your friends?


     
  3-Apr-14, 04:43   #9
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demodawggy 

Joined: Feb '12
Location: Canada
Age: 56 (M)
Posts: 5680
That's absolutely ridiculous... It's not like it's some sort of secretive underground gangland style game involving ill-gotten cash...!

...but I have it on good word that the host, (pic below) has a taste for human flesh, and plans to eat his guests as they get knocked out, ...! Shock

Facebook sucks too by the way...!

     
  3-Apr-14, 07:47   #10
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jessthehuman 

Joined: Apr '09
Location: Australia
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Posts: 6441
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.

     
  3-Apr-14, 08:37   #11
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pochui 

Joined: May '08
Location: Lithuania
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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 Thumbs Down so i am now officially out of business...seriously considering doing a "Peter's Act" with easter home game bank

     
  3-Apr-14, 08:49   #12
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doubletop777 
Joined: Mar '11
Location: United Kingdom
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What is so wrong about a group of friends playing cards at home? Surely the police have better things to do than to raid a house with people playing poker in it. Madness, i think it is

     
  3-Apr-14, 12:37   #13
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Fakiry 

Joined: Apr '09
Location: Portugal
Age: 37 (M)
Posts: 4764
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!!

     
  3-Apr-14, 19:26   #14
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ddblt1970 
Joined: Aug '13
Location: Czech Republic
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The police should search for more dangerous people.

Playing for 150$ with few friends?

What´s wrong with this?

     
  4-Apr-14, 19:49   #15
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Macubaas 
Joined: Apr '11
Location: Romania
Age: 27 (M)
Posts: 6668
Again stupid rules against poker, i thought that australians would be more open minded but it seems it's not the case lol

I will never understand why people are not allowed to do what they want with the moeny they earn. I think the next step will be to allow people to buy only products that the gov approves thumbsdown

     
  4-Apr-14, 19:53   #16
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ddblt1970 
Joined: Aug '13
Location: Czech Republic
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Posts: 913
I don´t see what is the big difference between betting with your friends for money and

playing a poker game with the same friends for the same money.

Can somebody explain?

     
  5-Apr-14, 14:03   #17
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noonlion 

Joined: Mar '12
Location: United Kingdom
Age: 32 (M)
Posts: 1277
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.

     
  5-Apr-14, 20:06   #18
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ddblt1970 
Joined: Aug '13
Location: Czech Republic
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Posts: 913
This is crazy,

hopefully at least the judge will be normal.

     
  6-Apr-14, 06:39   #19
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Macubaas 
Joined: Apr '11
Location: Romania
Age: 27 (M)
Posts: 6668
I totally have to agree with the last post that ddblt1970 made, i really hope that the judge will have more common sense...

In court i'm sure that a good lawyer can make a judge to see the stupidity of this law/punish that is proposed. Weird world we live into...

     
  6-Apr-14, 20:29   #20
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ddblt1970 
Joined: Aug '13
Location: Czech Republic
Age: 21 (M)
Posts: 913
Unfortunately the judge has to follow what is written in the law,

and if there is written, that this was a crime, he will have to punish him, he can give him a

lowest possible sentence though.

     
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