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Oregon Senate Committee Sits Down To Discuss Bill That Would Ban Poker Rooms

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Oregon Senate Committee Sits Down To Discuss Bill That Would Ban Poker Rooms

Oregon lawmakers sat down on Wednesday to discuss a bill intended to shutdown for profit poker rooms in the state. The Senate Committee on General Government and Accountability met to review House Bill 2190 and its implications. The proposed legislation, which was introduced in January, passed the house by majority at the end of April.

Oregon has around 20 poker rooms, which would all have to close their doors if the law passes in its current iteration. As it stands, the only entities allowed to run for-profit games would be charitable, fraternal or religious organizations.

The local community is completely against the legislation and has been very vocal regarding the matter. Residents have formed a Save Oregon Poker committee focused on rejecting the new potential law.

The good news for the poker community is the enthusiasm with which the senate committee received the bill. According to State Senator Chuck Riley, “I think there is another way of moving forward than with what is currently prescribed in the bill,”

One possible solution discussed is the removal of cover fees in favor of poker rooms earning a profit from food and drink sales during games instead. This is part of an approach that would look to remove any kind of income coming from the game itself. There is no clear decision yet but the bill will be discussed once again next Wednesday May 24th.

Bob

Hailing from Wisconsin but arriving in Las Vegas in 1995, I'm better known at various US online poker rooms under the pen name "OreoBob" and "SoyFlush". I'm an avid poker player and editor-at-large who has contributed as a freelance writer for diverse national and international iGaming publications since 2004.