Illinois city changes gambling law

The Moline, Ill., City Council voted May 23 to make changes to their city ordinance, which had previously completely prohibited gambling. The change would allow non-profit organizations and charities to host gambling tournaments to raise money for good causes.

Alderman Michael Carton proposed the change after the American Legion scheduled a Texas Hold'em tournament to raise money in February. The group of veterans were forced to move the event outside city limits when they were denied a license for the event.

Under the current law, the city of Moline doesn't allow gambling, including games such as poker, because it considers Texas Hold'em a game of chance. However, Illinois state laws allow gaming for charity events.

The City Council's committee-of-the-whole voted to amend the ordinance to allow certain charitable games such as roulette, blackjack, poker, craps, beat the dealer, gin rummy, keno, Hold'em poker, merchandise wheel, and more.

The Poker Players Alliance (PPA) said in their newsletter they applaud Alderman Carton and the rest of the Moline City Council for helping the American Legion and other non-profit groups that will surely benefit from this change.

According to the non-profit organization of poker players and enthusiasts, the next step is to get people to recognize poker as a game of skill, not a game of chance.

The PPA works to promote poker as well as ensure its integrity and protect poker players' rights. They're currently focused on stopping federal legislation from passing that would ban internet gambling. Read more about there efforts in our "Stop the Threat" article.

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