Crime & Courts

Several people arrested at Wichita poker room, police say

Wichita police have arrested several people on suspicion of gambling-related charges after receiving numerous complaints from individuals and businesses about an enterprise known as Nilla’s Poker Room, a Police Department spokesman said Monday.

The business is at 10001 E. Kellogg, according to an arrest report. No one from the business could be reached Monday afternoon.

Investigators took a search warrant to the business on Friday, shortly before midnight, and arrested seven people, Wichita police Lt. James Espinoza said. The arrest report listed eight people arrested at the address on suspicion of “permit gambling/premises.” The eight included seven men and a woman, ranging in age from 22 to 42, the report said.

There is an ongoing investigation, and police won’t discuss the case further, Espinoza said.

A Facebook page for the business reads: “Nillas is Wichitas premier poker room. Open 7 days a week, the drinks stop at 2 but the game goes all night. come on down where we cater to the player.”

Last month, the city said that it told at least two businesses and two city-owned facilities that playing poker, including for charitable events, is illegal under state and city laws.

Officials said then that in response to complaints about poker games, they are scrutinizing businesses that market themselves as poker rooms and events that use the game to raise money for charities.

Contributing: Stan Finger of The Eagle

Tim Potter: 316-268-6684, @terporter