World Se­ries champ among 16 held in gam­bling bust

The Covington News - - SPORTS -

KINGSPORT, Tenn.— A di­vi­sional win­ner of the­World Se­ries of Poker was ar­rested with 15 other men dur­ing a gam­bling raid that yielded al­most $20,000, po­lice said.

Paul McKin­ney and the oth­ers were sit­ting around a ta­ble play­ing poker Fri­day night when the raid oc­curred, po­lice said. Au­thor­i­ties said they seized cash, play­ing cards and poker chips, as well as bet­ting slips for the week­end’s sport­ing events.

McKin­ney, 82, ofWe­ber City, Va., won the 2005 Se­niors Di­vi­sion of the­World Se­ries of Poker tour­na­ment in Las Ve­gas, tak­ing home $202,725, se­ries spokesman Dave Cur­ley said. At the time he was the old­est win­ner in World Se­ries of Poker his­tory.

Po­lice in Kingsport, in east­ern Ten­nessee, con­ducted the raid af­ter get­ting a tip. All those ar­rested were charged with gam­bling.

McKin­ney was one of two peo­ple charged with ag­gra­vated gam­bling pro­mo­tion on sus­pi­cion of or­ga­niz­ing and pro­mot­ing the event, ac­cord­ing to po­lice re­ports. Po­lice also said McKin­ney was charged with pos­ses­sion of Sched­ule III nar­cotics af­ter pills were found in his pocket.

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