A former NBA level guard is dealing with authorized issues after police discovered proof that he was working unlawful poker video games from considered one of his properties.
In his Tuesday arraignment, former Memphis Grizzlies participant Antonio Burks was formally charged with aggravated playing promotion and possession of playing gadget or report.
According to a Fox affiliate in Memphis, police obtained and executed a search warrant on Burks’ dwelling within the metropolis on the finish of July. Authorities discovered two massive poker tables, chip units, a number of decks of playing cards, a ledger containing playing money owed, a surveillance system and laminated playing cards that have been titled “Burks Poker Palace Rules.”
Three folks that have been discovered inside the house taken into custody. One admitted that unlawful playing would happen there and mentioned that Burks staked him for the video games. The identical man allowed police to undergo his cellphone and located texts with Burks that confirmed his assertion.
Based on statements from the three individuals detained, detectives consider that poker video games have been held twice every week and that the precise property was used particularly to run poker video games at.
Burks, 41, is a local of Memphis and performed school ball on the University of Memphis from 2001-2004. He was drafted by the Orlando Magic within the second spherical of the 2004 NBA draft however was traded to his hometown Grizzlies for money issues.
Burks performed one season with the Grizzlies and averaged three factors per recreation in 24 appearances. The Grizzlies moved on, nevertheless, and Burk signed with the Miami Heat earlier than the 2006 season. He performed in a handful of preseason video games however was waived by the franchise earlier than the 2006-2007 common season started.
Burks performed a number of seasons abroad in Serbia and Bulgaria, however his profession got here to an finish in 2009 after he was shot by a person who was robbing a cube recreation that Burks was taking part in.
Burks was launched from police custody on a $1,000 bond. He is due in courtroom once more on Aug. 24. There aren’t at the moment any authorized poker rooms within the state of Tennessee.