Two arrests have been made in an Austin poker club shooting and robbery that seriously wounded poker player Tom “3betpanda” Steinbach as he exited the Texas Card House. The shooting occurred during the early morning hours of Monday, April 30th.
— PokerNews (@PokerNews) May 3, 2018
Jermaine Patrick Spirlark, age 41, and Charles Clines-Martinez, age 24 have been detained by Austin Police Department officials on suspicion of aggravated robbery, according to a local report from NBC affiliate KXAN-Austin.
A separate report by My San Antonio states that Clines-Martinez was an employee of the Texas Card House in Austin, and helped the alleged shooter Jermaine Spirlark commit the robbery.
Poker Club Shooting Sparks Security Concerns
That new twist in the ongoing poker club shooting investigation sparks a number of concerns related to player security at the live membership establishments that have become a popular destination for patrons in the Lone Star State.
Unlike licensed brick & mortar places of real money wagering in states such as Nevada, the Texas card rooms do not operate with a formal permit or under any regulatory guidelines, other than a controversial argument made by owners that the places of business are legal under Texas law.
You can find out more about the continuing friction between poker club owners and opponents in our Part Time Poker article relating to the Houston Poker Debate.
The APD Robbery Unit is continuing its effort to obtain information relating to the shooting, and asks anyone with additional information to contact authorities at 512-974-5092.
Poker player Bill Perkins offered up a $10,000 reward for the apprehension of the shooter earlier this month.
Poker Player Bill Perkins has offered an additional $10k reward for information leading to the apprehension of the suspect wanted for last weeks robbery and shooting outside the Texas Card House. If you have any info call Crime Stoppers 512-472-8477. You will remain anonymous.
— Crime Stoppers ATX (@CrimeStopATX) May 6, 2018
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This article will be updated if and when more information becomes available.
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