All you men that play illegal poker games in Putnam County, can now relax, especially John Collins and Gerald Higginbotham.
Collins and Higginbotham were just two of the six men held up at gunpoint on November 1st while they were playing in an illegal poker game. Two women, dressed in camouflage and carrying guns, barged in on the game, which was being held in a building behind Bogey's bar, near Hurricane, WV.
The two women accused of the crime were Kimberly Steinbrecher and Jacqueline Dennis.
Steinbrecher was arrested on Monday, November 5th, after turning herself in to authorities, and charged with two counts of armed robbery. Her bail was set at $100,000 and she was released Tuesday the 6th after posting bond. Her accomplice, Dennis, had remained on the run for the last eight days.
Dennis had an abrupt end to her life on the lam Tuesday afternoon, when Hurricane Police and Putnam County Sheriff's deputies found her at the rest area in Hurricane, just off I-64. She was arrested on the spot and hauled off to the Putnam County jail. No word yet on what she was charged with, presumably armed robbery, the same as Steinbrecher.
The unusual aspect of this is that the robbers were women, not men. Not that women aren't capable of being criminals, but armed robbery is a bold crime for anyone, especially women. And illegal poker games are prime targets for fast cash. Anyone who knows anything at all about poker games; knows that there is a lot of cash floating around. They also know that the victims are reluctant to call the police, since they are engaging in illegal activities themselves.
This is one of the reasons poker games and the players are targets. If you are doing something illegal and a crime is committed against you, odds are you aren't going to snitch on yourself.
It is unfortunate that so many poker players around the country have to resort to playing in illegal games and the dangers they pose. Poker should be legal everywhere, as a freedom of choice. It's really too bad the Constitution doesn't read "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of poker!"
Escape the fear of being shot or robbed in a private game, play online poker from the safety of your home!