Marc Adreani, the owner of an illegal Scottsdale poker room, was sentenced Nov. 18 to three years of probation with fines reaching almost $1,800. The ruling stopped short of the $2,250 in fines the city of Scottsdale sought. It also returned some items to Adreani that the city had sought forfeiture of.
Adreani owned and operated “Deal Me In,” an illegal poker room located at 7607 E. McDowell Road in Scottsdale. He was one of six individuals charged, and the city alleged that he was the “ring leader” of the operation.
Adreani was convicted by a jury in Scottsdale City Court on Oct. 1 of four counts of benefitting from gambling, four counts of possession of gambling devices, and one count of possession of gambling records. All charges and subsequent convictions stemmed from an investigation by the Scottsdale Police Department in tandem with the Arizona Department of Gaming.
A central discussion in the sentencing was the return of items belonging to Adreani that were seized by detectives. The city sought a complete forfeiture of the items, which included four cell phones; boxes of personal papers; three computers; multiple hard drives; a roulette wheel with poker chips; and binders with business and tax information for All Access Entertainment, a DJ and party business also owned by Adreani.
Despite protests from the city prosecutor, the cell phones and computers were returned to Adreani.
As a result of the sentencing, Adreani is forbidden to gamble at all within the city of Scottsdale.