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FRIDAY, MARCH 28, 2014, 10:28 A.M.

CdA Casino To Offer Texas Hold ‘Em

The Idaho Constitution outlaws poker, but the Coeur d'Alene Tribe is going all in. "Poker is basically played all around the state every night in people's homes, at family reunions, at nursing homes and in family rooms," said Helo Hancock, the Tribe's legislative director. "It goes on every day." And, Hancock said, the state is doing little to stop it. This spring, the Coeur d'Alene Casino will open a poker room offering live games of Texas Hold 'Em and tournament play. Hancock said the Tribe views the poker games that will be offered as Class II gaming under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act and not subject to state law. Adding poker is a strategic move, Hancock said, that will allow the casino to compete with Washington casinos/Taryn Thompson, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here. (Coeur d'Alene Press photo by Shawn Gust: Coeur d’Alene Casino’s new Poker Room is slated to open May 2)

Question: Should the state of Idaho fight the Coeur d'Alene Casino's move to allow live games of Texas Hold 'Em and tournament play?

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