Seven Diamond Gameroom Raided Due to Illegal Gambling

Seven Diamond Gameroom Raided Due to Illegal Gambling

Zora Asberry

NewsWest 9

ODESSA - The Odessa Police Department is conducting an ongoing investigation regarding illegal gambling at the Seven Diamond Gameroom near Andrews Highway and 42nd Street. Three suspects have been detained and could possibly be facing misdemeanor or felony charges.

Public Information Officer, Steve LeSueur, with the Odessa Police Department said, "There were accusations brought to the Odessa Police Department that illegal gambling was taking place here in the game room, and as a result, enough probable cause was gathered to obtain a warrant. As a result, we are conducting an investigation."

Those detained include the owners of the establishment and other employees. Officials believe that there were guests inside of the Seven Diamond Gameroom as recently as Thursday morning.

"There were several people here when we made entry," LeSueur said.

The individuals who were running the operation could be facing major jail time.

"It isn't uncommon for a lot of these to be misdemeanors, however, some of them depending on the level, can be felonies," LeSueur said.

Illegal gambling isn't something new in Odessa. In September of 2013, a string of game rooms were shut down for operating illegal gambling machines and playing for money. 

"If somebody's aware whether it's illegal gambling or criminal activity in general, just be cautious of who you're dealing with because it could ultimately lead to an arrest," LeSueur said.

Gambling in Texas can be considered as betting on games of chance by winning or losing something of value such as money. It is also illegal to use certain gambling devices, such as blackjack or video poker machines.

"It's never ending and the best thing is just for people to report it, if they're aware of it," LeSueur said.

The Odessa Police Department encourages anyone who witnesses illegal gambling to contact police. You can do so by calling Odessa Crime Stoppers at 432-333-TIPS.