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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Mobster card shark in jail for illegal gambling asks judge to let him play on pro poker circuit

A card shark accused of supervising a mobbed-up illegal gambling den wasn't bluffing when he asked a judge for permission to travel out of state so he can play in poker tournaments.
Anthony (Tiger) Arcuri is betting Long Island Federal Judge Leonard Wexler will approve the gambling tour because the government doesn't oppose the highly unusual request.
Arcuri, 42, was busted in January as part of the takedown of more than 100 mobsters in the metropolitan area. He is charged with supervising illegal card games at a club controlled by organized crime in Farmingdale, L.I. Although he is free on $100,000 bail, he is required to remain in New York.
One of his bail conditions prohibits him from engaging in gambling of any kind.
Defense lawyer Glenn Obedin has asked that Arcuri be allowed to travel to New Jersey and Connecticut "to participate in legally sanctioned poker tournaments."
"Mr. Arcuri derives the majority of his earnings from such tournaments," Obedin said.
Obedin did not return calls for comment and Arcuri could not be reached.
Poker site Cardplayer.com lists Arcuri's career winnings at $5,437 based on three tournaments from 2006 to 2010.
Arcuri pleaded guilty to state gambling charges in 2007 and paid a $1,000 fine. He also forked over the $2,700 he was carrying in his pocket, court records



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