Member of illegal poker club 'Big Bluff' found guilty of money laundering

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A member of an illegal poker den has been found guilty of money laundering.

The Big Bluff Private Members Club in Green Lane had been the front for an illegal poker club and not a non-profit organisation.

Ahmet Melin, 33, was convicted of five offences of money laundering at Wood Green Crown Court on Thursday, April 10 and will be sentenced on May 27.

The club was operation large poker tournaments and all profits made were illegal and the club was raided in September 2012.

Enfield Council’s director of environment Ian Davis said: “These are very serious offences and the council took robust action when it became clear the Big Bluff Private Members Club was a front for an illegal poker den.

“I’m pleased Enfield Council’s licensing enforcement, trading standards and legal teams worked together to bring this prosecution which sends out the very clear message that we do not tolerate any illegal gambling in this borough.”

Nick Tofiluk, the commission’s director of regulatory operations said: "This is an excellent example of how a local authority with Gambling Commission support is dealing with illegal gambling in whatever guise it is presented. The message is simple - if you offer poker in a club and are breaking the law, action can and will be taken."

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