Scottsdale Poker Room, "Deal Me In," Targeted by Authorities

A card dealer at an "illegal poker room" in Scottsdale was found guilty last week of gambling-related charges, one of five people in legal trouble over the business.

Dealer Brian Sitko, who was also employed at Casino Arizona when he was arrested earlier this year, was convicted of benefiting from gambling and possession of gambling devices. He was sentenced to probation and a fine by a Scottsdale judge, says a statement released today by the Arizona Department of Gaming.

"Deal Me In," located at 7607 East McDowell Road, is a "full service Casino and party supply store," according to its MySpace page. It also offers:

Live poker every night in our social poker room (NO RAKE-NO HOUSE DROP) with daily tournaments and live games.

Gaming department officials and Scottsdale police investigated the place, developing info that led to the charges of six people.

Club owner Marc Adreani's trial is scheduled for September.

We reached Adreani this evening at the club's phone number, but he didn't want to talk about the case or even say whether the club was still open.

"Obviously, I want a positive outcome," he says.

We wouldn't bet on it.

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Ray Stern has worked as a newspaper reporter in Arizona for more than two decades. He's won numerous awards for his reporting, including the Arizona Press Club's Don Bolles Award for Investigative Journalism.