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In January and February, police did surveillance on the house

Police have charged three men with running illegal poker games at two houses. Paul Klingbeil, of the 100 block of Thrasher Road, is scheduled to be arraigned today on a charge of illegal gambling, online court records show. His roommate, Robert Lee Richardson, 28, faces the same charge, and so does Galloway P. Martinez, of the 2400 block of Woodbaugh Drive, online court records show. Martinez faces an additional charge of aiding. Police spokeswoman Officer Dorienne Boykin said Thursday investigators on the case were not available for comment, and she did not provide information on the arrests.

An affidavit for a search warrant filed in Chesapeake Circuit Court says police have investigated Klingbeil since November after a confidential informant told a Norfolk officer about the alleged gambling operation. The informant described playing poker at Klingbeil’s house for four years on Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays. Games were advertised through text messages and on the Internet, the affidavit states. The informant said Klingbeil sent text messages to the players, advertising the game and potential prizes.

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Police have charged three men with running illegal poker games at two houses

The informant told police Klingbeil ran as many as three poker tables at a time with as many as 20 to 30 players, and the operation resembled a casino, with armed security, free liquor and security cameras mounted outside the house, the affidavit states. The house pulled in 10 percent of every poker hand dealt, the informant said.

In January and February, police did surveillance on the house and they learned about Martinez and Richardson, who advertised professional poker games on the Internet and listed their phone numbers, the affidavit says. A detective called Martinez to play poker, and he went to his house Feb. 4. The detective played for three hours and saw Martinez and Richardson dealing poker and taking 10 percent from every hand, according to the affidavit.

On Feb. 12, a detective went to the Thrasher Road house to play. The detective saw Richardson dealing hands and Klingbeil and a woman trading cash for chips, the affidavit says. Before leaving, it states, Klingbeil cashed out a detective with $500 in cash.

Source: Veronica Gonzalez – The Virginian-Pilot

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