Gaming still against the law in Muncie, IN
Free Press Report
MUNCIE, IN - Sports betting, especially at some Muncie bars, is still illegal and the Indiana Gaming Commission made its point this week, charging a couple high profile gaming organizers with conspiracy to promote professional gambling.
Steve Mason, 65, 4609 W. Shirey Road, who runs the Oasis Bar & Grill, and his friend, Michael Terrell, 61, 3803 E. Memorial Drive, are accused of running a professional sports gaming operations involving hundreds of thousands of dollars.
The operation involved betting on all type of professional, college and high school sports. The state charged the two with gaming with football cards, taking money for sporting events and receiving other gaming information.
State gaming officers raided the Oasis and near downtown Madison Square Garden last November and gathered records and gaming material. No arrests were made even after some private homes were searched.
At least four other people are identified in the charges, and there was no immediate word from Delaware County Prosecutor Jeff Arnold about other charges in the sports gaming ring.
Muncie has a rich history of illegal gaming with the likes of former Teamsters boss John Neal, Mason's father, Hershel, and others who got caught in illegal gaming.
And sports betting is among the few illegal forms of gaming in Indiana that allows casinos, horse tracks and lottery betting.