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Suspect: Alleged Gambling Operation Just a Friendly Poker Game

Posted March 27, 2007
Updated March 28, 2007

— What happened inside a Cary business was a weekly $40-per-person poker tournament that grew too big for a house, a man charged as a result of a gambling raid said Tuesday.

Cary police, however, said it was an illegal operation in which Matthew McCoy, 25, of Cary, organized up to five games a week and from which he profited.

Authorities charged McCoy with one count each of gambling, possession for sale of alcoholic beverages without permits and unauthorized possession of liquor.

Cary police and agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives early Friday morning cited 41 people for gambling and seized $20,000 in cash as well as a small amount of marijuana and heroin.

"Clearly, this was a high-stakes poker game," said Capt. David Wulff of the Cary Police Department. "That was really not your friendly game of poker."

Detectives said they found six poker tables inside the business, Table Image, after receiving a tip. Neighboring business owners told WRAL Tuesday that they noticed the doors always closed and numerous people going into the back door.

"I'd say there were periods when there were 100 people in there," said Rex Deffenbaugh, who owns a car-repair shop next door and works at night.

A delivery man who often delivered to the location said he noticed no one was ever there during the day but that on Thursday nights, the parking lot was packed.

McCoy told WRAL on Tuesday that all the money he made went to overhead costs, such as renting the office space.

All the charges against all 41 individuals are misdemeanors. If convicted, however, each person could have to pay a fine and court costs.


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  • gvmtcheese Mar 29, 2007

    Ask the World Bank where it is as they will be the ones to know.

  • yacs Mar 29, 2007

    "We are 1 bombing (of a US city) away from the government declaring Marshall law and turning its citizens into slaves ie; prison state."

    Then I hope your compatriots put away their ammonium nitrate.

  • gvmtcheese Mar 29, 2007

    Ok, We are 1 bombing (of a US city) away from the government declaring Marshall law and turning its citizens into slaves ie; prison state.

  • yacs Mar 29, 2007

    "You really care that much about a group that plays poker?"

    No. I don't.

  • sharisbell Mar 29, 2007

    This has gotten old...Correct man will have his last post to make himself feel good, but I think we got our point across to those who matter on here, Cuban. See you soon. Take care.

  • sharisbell Mar 29, 2007

    "I've posted about that lots of times on bigger crimes" this says it all about "You are Correct." He feeds off of these stories and enjoys conflict, quite obviously. I never post on articles I read...I have much better things to do in my life...but this one is personal. Why are you so into it? You really care that much about a group that plays poker? There are much more fascinating stories out there for you to argue about.

  • sharisbell Mar 29, 2007

    You are a complete moron who enjoys arguing about something you know nothing about. Yes, I do know more than you about this, not that it matters at this point of your ignorance. Mr McCoy himself was at my home Tuesday night along with a few others that were present. I base my comments on facts and long personal friendships with these people...I didn't need to be there the exact night of this incident to know the integrity of the people that play there. You are basing your comments on the highly inflated news story and rumors, topped off with a super ego and a need to argue about something you are clueless about.

  • yacs Mar 28, 2007

    Never mind, sobercuban; I see it now. Please try to overlook my use of the word "arrests" -- you know what I meant. I was referring to the night of the incident that led to charges being cited, and that word wasn't germane to the point I was making, which is, if she wasn't there, she can't claim to know more than those of us who merely read the article, because that would mean she and we are listening to someone else's report of the events.

    Sorry I used the wrong word, but jeez, I apologized for having convicted these people in my mind -- you should know I'm no longer trying to make the charges sound more serious than they are. I realize these are misdemeanors, not crimes, and that the people were cited, not arrested. It was an easy mistake in semantics, yet it's the only thing you latched onto. What is it with you attacking my posts? I'm not the moron you claim I am.

    "Unreal," indeed....

  • yacs Mar 28, 2007

    What do you mean?

  • sobercuban Mar 28, 2007

    Unreal ...

    nobody was arrested ..