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ALPHARETTA, Ga -- The doors to Pepperoni's Tavern are locked now as more details are emerging about a March Madness gambling ring that was busted Monday night.

Alpharetta Police said it was not your everyday NCAA Tournament office pool.
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This is not about us knocking on somebody
'
s door because they waged on a tournament, it's not about office pools,
"
said Officer George Gordon.

Gordon said this particular pool was gambling more than $135,000 in cash in what is being called a
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Calcutta Auction.
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A Calcutta Auction occurs when gamblers bid among themselves to buy each of the contestants (teams),
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Gordon said.
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The contestant will then pay out to the owner a predetermined proportion of the pool depending on how it performs in the tournament.
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Police also took two handguns and made an arrest for possession of cocaine.

Twenty-one arrests have been made so far, including eight felonies for commercial gambling. They also arrested three co-owners of the restaurant. Phillip Scott Brown, Phillip J. Campbell, Sr. and his son Phillip J. Campbell, Jr. were charged with keeping a place of gambling.

Alpharetta police said they developed intelligence that a large gambling operation was happening at the restaurant Monday night. It was closed to the public and a sign on the door indicated a private party was taking place.

The raid raised concerns among people who make friendly wagers on the annual March Madness Tournament. Even though betting on the tournament is illegal in Georgia, Gordon said police are no
t interested in everyday office pools.
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What we're after is these large gambling operations that are funneling and moving significant amounts of money, and in this case, six figures,
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he said.

Police said there were 64 people inside the restaurant when they raided it. Though only 21 were arrested, police said there will be more.

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