August 3, 2009

Town puts stop to senior gambling

The mayor of a New York town says he has put an end to low stakes gambling at a senior center in the village.

Baldwinsville Mayor Joe Saraceni said seniors will no longer be allowed to play card games for money at the village-owned Canton Woods Senior Center, despite the fact that gambling for low stakes does not break any laws, The (Syracuse, N.Y.) Post-Standard reported Monday.

Regulars at the center said games were usually played for change

But it clearly states in Canton Woods policy that gambling isn't a permissible activity, Saraceni said. We received a complaint that gambling was going on. It was nothing alarming as far as how much money was being bet, just that it was widespread as to the number of activities where gambling was taking place.

Many players said they are baffled by the controversy.

I like to play cards, whether it's for money or not, James Clark said. I just don't understand why this is an issue. It's really ridiculous.