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Thu., April 17, 2014, 8 a.m.

Tribal casino’s plan to offer poker draws legal objections from state

Laura Stensgar, executive marketing director for the Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort and Hotel, talks about the new poker room at the casino in Worley, Idaho, on Monday. Offering poker will allow the casino to attract new clientele, said Stensgar. (Kathy Plonka)
Laura Stensgar, executive marketing director for the Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort and Hotel, talks about the new poker room at the casino in Worley, Idaho, on Monday. Offering poker will allow the casino to attract new clientele, said Stensgar. (Kathy Plonka)

The Coeur d’Alene Casino in Worley, operated by the Coeur d’Alene Tribe, is advertising a May 2 opening date for its new poker room, saying Idaho’s constitutional ban on poker games doesn’t apply to the tribal-owned casino. The tribe plans to offer Texas Hold ‘Em and Omaha games; poker is widely offered at commercial card rooms across the North Idaho state line in Washington and at tribal casinos in that state. But the Idaho Lottery Commission is objecting, and has requested a review from the National Indian Gaming Commission. “Poker is specifically prohibited in Idaho,” said Jeff Anderson, lottery commission director. You can read our full story here by S-R reporter Becky Kramer.




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Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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