Volume 18 • Issue 9 | July 22 - 28, 2005

Downtown Express photo by Lorenzo Ciniglio

Pennies for principles

“All in —” that dramatic poker call when a player moves all of his or her chips in the pot, would have meant only about 25 cents in this penny-ante political game outside Police Plaza last Thursday. Leaders of New York’s Libertarian Party staged a “no poker, no peace” demonstration to protest a May 26 bust at two Manhattan poker clubs. Police confiscated $100,000, much of it owned by individual players, even though it is not illegal to play poker, party officials said. Jim Lesczynski, candidate for public advocate, and Gary Popkin, above left, candidate for Brooklyn borough president, on the day that mark’s French liberty, July 14.


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