Supervisor at Bally’s Evansville Caught Operating Unlawful Poker Room

A table games supervisor at Bally’s Evansville Casino in Indiana is facing three felony charges for reportedly working a side job as an underground poker room operator.

Edward Hill, 53, was charged on March 15 with corrupt business influence, professional gambling, and promoting professional gambling, all related to his management of Ed’s Poker Club located in an Evansville office building.

Hill had been running the illicit poker games for some time, but his business saw a surge when Bally’s closed its doors due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This information was revealed in a probable cause affidavit.

An anonymous informant contacted the Indiana Gaming Commission, who then had the source wear a wire and attend a game at Ed’s Poker Club. The informant was given marked bills to act as a buy-in and recorded Hill collecting money and interacting with the players. The informant also obtained poker chips with the Ed’s Poker Club logo for investigators.

When authorities raided the poker room, Hill answered the door. They found 16 players competing on two tables, who were all interviewed and released. Also present was Tarkus Dillard, a Bally’s dealer, while another Bally’s dealer, Mark Edge, 41, was absent. Edge was arrested the following day and is accused of acting as Hill’s primary dealer and managing the poker club’s daily operations.

Investigators seized gaming equipment, records, and $9,240 in cash. They also took Hill’s phone, which contained over 170,000 messages, many related to the club’s operations. Hill reported he made about $200 a night running the club and Edge took a 25% cut of the proceeds. If convicted, both men could face up to six years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.

Bally’s, formerly known as the Tropicana Evansville, closed its doors at the onset of the pandemic in March 2020 and, when it resumed operations, the poker room remained closed. Bally’s Corporation acquired the casino in June 2021 and has yet to reopen the poker room.