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98-year-old woman to face charges for organizing illegal poker games

Tags: cyprus, illegal poker, illegal poker games, old women, police, raid.
Posted on 02 March 2012 by "T".

The Cypriot police raided a house in Limassol in 2009 after they had received complaints that the house had turned into a gambling club. The police entered the house and found a group of female pensioners playing cards. The police recovered around €100 in stake money and confiscated playing cards and poker chips.

Two of the women have since the raid passed away and two are in nursing home. The organizer of the private home game, a 98-year-old Cypriot woman, can now get up to a 6-month jail term or a €750 fine since gambling for money, even in a private home game, is illegal in Cyprus.

Yioula Diakantoni, the daughter of the 98-year-old told the Associated Press, "They were playing with only very small sums of money, just to make it interesting. My mother has never done anyone harm and we hope she continues playing because it keeps her mind sharp."


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 SuperNoob02/03/2012 13:17:46 GMT
Posted by marqis:
An what about the toddlers; I hear the play a mean game of marbles sometimes. Has anyone checked into the money laundering going on in those games?

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 TheMachineQC02/03/2012 14:07:06 GMT
It's so funny and at the same time so frustrating!

Now I know my mother was right when she told me: "Hide the gambling money in case the cops come" Big Smile

I was like "You can't be serious, cops have better stuff to do". Shock
 Fakiry02/03/2012 14:15:01 GMT
I bet the game was what gave her strength to keep her brain active, just like her daughter says, and what a better way for a 98 year old lady to do it than to play cards? And how did the police enter her house? Did they have a warrant? And they could always say the money in the table wasn’t a prize, it was just of one of them. Poor lady, poor ladies, what a way to be treated in the end of this long way of 98 years of life!
 OAPurus02/03/2012 14:46:49 GMT
Justice MUST be served!!!
 teddybears7302/03/2012 15:34:10 GMT
this has got to be a joke,i mean haven't the police got anything better to do than chase oap's
utter ridiculous.
 ramzes8302/03/2012 15:38:41 GMT
If it is true: Pure Fascism in Cypruss!
 byng002/03/2012 18:41:34 GMT
Give her 20 years to think about the crime.

Disgusting behaviour

Maybe a Brothel in diguise

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 aceofclubs4702/03/2012 19:15:15 GMT
if cops wolud have that done to my grandma, i'd set them on
 elcimik02/03/2012 20:01:13 GMT
wow...they dont take this lightly..haha leave the ole birds alone
 Macubaas02/03/2012 20:18:17 GMT
It seems that people and here i'm talking about worldwide govs are getting crazy about hunting down poker.

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 gogo702/03/2012 21:48:56 GMT
lol, i demand death sentence!
 Greenmohave02/03/2012 21:52:56 GMT
Surely there has to be some common sense taken into consideration by the law pertaining to such a petty harmless game of cards. There has got to be bigger issues / crimes being commited in or around the community rather then pursue punishing some elderly ladies trying to have some fun in what time they have left. Whata messed up world!
 GomerAssassi03/03/2012 05:24:35 GMT
Sounds like the crime in Cyprus is pretty low.

Cops are reduced to busting old lady's card games.

Nothing else going on for them? Why else would ya waste your time?

 Endre8903/03/2012 08:40:37 GMT
I dont think that they did any harm to anyone and the grany shouldent even pay for playing poker with her friends.
 mahdrof03/03/2012 12:20:51 GMT
Holy crap! My seventy six year old mother in law is visiting for a few days, which means we will be playing a variant of rummy where each player puts $0.90 in the pot. I guess we'll have to cancel that and start plalying chess or something... Sad
 TheMachineQC03/03/2012 13:26:26 GMT
Play money poker is completly different. I mean, why would you fold a up and down straight draw or a flush draw on the turn when you're playing for nothing? Confused

Even for a 98 years old it must be boring to play poker that way. The governments need to understand that people have been playing poker for hundreds of years and it's not gonna stop because of stupid laws. So they should put their efforts where it makes a difference.
 termi14007/03/2012 02:03:43 GMT
wtf is very real
 Billy231107/03/2012 10:00:11 GMT
wow, this sounds very unreal
 toughman4625/02/2013 06:36:31 GMT
They should of bought chips in the beginning and cash out at end that way no money on table just but that is rediculous,at that age they need something to keep them occupy, why not do something they enjoy.crime must be low there,for them to waste their time on that.
 damosk25/02/2013 23:07:35 GMT
Some people just have no sense of humour..... or sense or life. What on earth is any police force doing going into a pensioners house and taking their cards and cash away? How ironic that since the raid so hat nothing will now happen to the oold dears.
 rosebad2129/07/2013 15:18:56 GMT
WHAT 98yrs. old ,,,mmm amazing for her age.
 demodawggy29/07/2013 16:23:25 GMT
What, there no DONUT shops in Cyprus..... Thumbs Down Confused

You'd think those cops would have something BETTER to do with their time, like stuff their faces with nice tasty honey cruellers...

Isn't Cyprus that country where the extremely wealthy Russian oligarchy hides their loot from the Russian tax collectors...? You'd think those cops could look into THAT instead of harrassing a few little old grannies and their 100 Euro poker game...

HEY,.....maybe I'll open a Tim Horton's franchise there... Big Smile Thumbs Up
 mrags2931/07/2013 08:21:23 GMT
"We dont stop playing because we get old, We get old because we dont stop playing." Haha
 damosk01/08/2013 18:56:22 GMT
How fantastic that its always old dears, nuns or monks that get raided for running potentially harmless community spirited events.

What about hitting on the evil nasty people of the world (yes they are everywhere) who do it to hurt and exploit vulnerable people.

Oh yeh! They might have locks on their doors to keep the LEA's out!

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