Little Rock National Poker Challenge derailed

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The National Poker Challenge has hit a bump while attempting to bring its style of poker to Little Rock, Ark.

The NPC was forced to postpone two weekends of events that were set for Aug. 18 when city officials warned them they were about to break Arkansas gambling law.

The NPC is a regional poker league that originated in Memphis, Tenn. Currently the league runs in Memphis and Portland, Ore., while Little Rock was set to be its third location. The NPC offers free poker games provided players pay the monthly subscription fee. For the monthly fee players receive detailed rankings and the opportunity to win thousands of dollars worth of prizes.

Michael White, president of the NPC, posted a statement on the company's Web site calling the development a minor setback.

"It is with mixed emotions I have to tell you the National Poker Challenge will not be able to provide you the best poker experience quite yet," he said. "While we are ready the city of Little Rock has insinuated that it would like further information meetings before opening. This is actually a good sign as we wish for the city to have full understanding about the NPC and we are more than happy to extend this courtesy and express the excitement that we are generating for the Little Rock market."

White went on to say that when the NPC does eventually open for business in Little Rock players that have already signed up for their events will not have to register again.

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