BRISBANE -- Police on Tuesday seized 16 computers they say were part of an illegal gambling operation at a historic music venue and bar that's hosted some of country music's rowdiest singers.

The computers were rigged to look like an Internet cafe at the Historic 23 Club on Visitacion Avenue, but were actually used for illegal gaming, Brisbane police Cmdr. Bob Meisner said.

No arrests were made in the raid Tuesday, but the case will be forwarded to the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office.

A phone message left at the venue was not immediately returned. Meisner said the club was not shuttered as a result of the raid.

Police began investigating the nightclub after a concerned citizen tipped them off to the gaming operation. Police say undercover operations confirmed the illegal gambling and led to the search warrant Tuesday.

During the raid, agents seized 16 computers that will be analyzed at the Silicon Valley Regional Computer Forensic Laboratory. Once the analysis is complete, prosecutors will file charges against the people behind the operation, police said. State alcohol regulators also will take action against the bar owner, authorities said.

Built in 1941, the club has been the venue for performances by Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, Willie Nelson and Jerry Lee Lewis, according to club's website.


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"History still haunts the walls of 23 Club back in the days when the town, now known as Brisbane, earned the reputation of being a haven for lawlessness," the site says.

Contact Joshua Melvin at 650-348-4335. Follow him at Twitter.com/melvinreport.