In New York City, customers are allowed to play poker for money, but it is against the law for establishments or organizations to hold poker games for profit.
On Friday, June 15, 2007, armed suspects robbed the "National Card Room" located on the East Side at 12:30 a.m. and stole the money from the National Card Room's bank as well as the money of the patrons that were in the establishment at the time.
The National Card Room had been holding No Limit Texas Hold'em Poker Tournament for years in New York City. These poker rooms are well known in New York, so popular that Yankees Baseball Star third baseman, Alex Rodriguez, is among the frequent customers of the poker room. The second bad thing that happened at the casino was when the police officers arrived.
They apprehended a 29 year-old man, Edgar Concepcion, and filed charges against him for promoting gambling and having bookmaking materials. Concepcion is thought to be the manager of the whole poker operation.
Back in 2005, aside from arresting dozens of people, the police confiscated thousands of dollars and closed down many of these poker rooms, among them was the National Card Poker Room.