Tip leads Excise Police to bust $200,000 Super Bowl betting operation

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SCHERERVILLE – Indiana State Excise Police cited a Schererville bar for unlawful gambling after receiving a tip that customers were betting on the Super Bowl.

Officers received a tip about Spike’s Landslide Inn on 21 E. Joliet St. and seized three gambling boards that contained 100 squares that cost participants $100 or $1,000 per chance. The bar collected more than $200,000 in connection with the contest.

Officers cited the bar on three charges: public nuisance (specifically promoting professional gambling, a Class D felony), failure to maintain good character and reputation and violation of the scope of a Type II gaming endorsement.

Excise police said additional charges against the bar are possible, including criminal charges against people who took part. Participants could face misdemeanor charges for unlawful gambling.

A representative of the bar turned over more than $204,000 to officers. Excise police said the investigation is ongoing.

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