By Zach Spadt
The Nebraska State Patrol seized more than $1,000 from an alleged illegal gambling operation at Goonie’s Sports Bar and Grill in Gering Friday.
NSP Lt. Monica Shambaugh said people were playing in a pool tournament at the Gering bar Friday and betting on who would win, an activity known as a Calcutta.
“You see this sometimes in things like golf tournaments,” Shambaugh said. She said it’s similar to betting on horse racing.
It’s also illegal.
Shambaugh said more than $1,000 in the alleged illegal gambling money was seized from the tournament.
No arrests were made, but reports taken from the event will be forwarded to the Scotts Bluff County Attorney’s Office.
It remains unclear if any disciplinary action regarding Goonie’s liquor license will be taken, but reports will be referred to the Nebraska Liquor Control Commission.
According to history on the Nebraska Liquor Control Commission website, Goonie’s has had no violations since its liquor license was issued in June for the current location. However, the business previously owned by Paul Guhn, Kozy Keno in Terrytown, had previously been cited for disturbance and/or illegal activities as a result of fighting on Sept. 27, 2015, and the Nebraska Liquor Control Commission canceled the Kozy Keno license after an April 2016 hearing.