Oregon Legislators will close all commercial poker rooms in the state

All of Oregon’s commercial poker rooms could be shut down if the Senate and Governor Kate Brown sign legislation passed at the Oregon House last Thursday. HB 2190 (.pdf), which amends the definition of “social gaming” for gaming regulatory purposes, passed by a vote of 39 – 16, with 5 members absent from the vote. The bill was introduced on January 9 and has now seen 10 actions, including a move to the office of the President of the Senate.

The law would allow cities and counties such as Portland and Multnomah County, which currently operates most of the state’s 20 nonprofit venues, to allow “social” poker games only if operated by a religious, fraternal or charitable organization. According to an April 26, 2013 report on oregonlive.com, this is not the first iteration of a bill that anti-gambling lawmakers say would fix social gaming rules that came into effect in the 1980s. and never got there. or clubs.

Oregon poker rooms operate with players looking for community pots, as opposed to casino games where players bet against the odds or the dealer. The house is not swept and the seller can only be paid with tips, which is subject to change whether the bill is passed on or not.

Rooms earn money with additional costs, such as B. a $10 entrance fee and food and drink sales. According to some gambling hall owners, leaving the club open prevents poker from going underground and attracting bad people. Players today also know that they have to behave with a certain etiquette or they will bounce back and be unwelcome.

In addition to Portland’s dozen or so poker rooms, there are a dozen bars and taverns that offer Texas Holdout tournaments on certain nights. The game also ends when the law is passed.

An earlier statement from the Oregon Attorney General said social game vendors could only be paid with tips, but now the Oregon Department of Labor, arguing they should be considered employees, has cast another frown on the scene and prompted Portland city officials that they would start enforcing state laws on the matter.

HB 2190 defines social gaming as “a game, other than a lottery, between players in a private household in which there are no house players, house banks or house odds and there is no house income from the exploitation of social games”.

It is currently unclear what appetite the Senate will have for the bill, or whether it will leave the committee. No committee or accounting meetings are scheduled at this time. In a past life, the 2013 bill would have been promoted by the Washington Card Room as a last-ditch effort to eliminate nearby competition. PokerAtlas has 41 poker rooms in Washington, visit Bonus138.

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