Press: Coeur d'Alene Tribe to Offer Live Poker, In Spite of Warning

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Even though they've been warned that it's probably not legal in Idaho, the Coeur d'Alene Tribe has notified the Idaho Lottery Commission that it plans on opening a live poker room this spring.

This morning's Coeur d'Alene Press reports that the tribe will be offering live Texas Hold 'Em games in addition to regular tournament play, in an effort to compete with Washington casinos that offer the same.

"Poker is basically played all around [Idaho] every night in people's homes, at family reunions, at nursing homes and in family rooms," Coeur d'Alene Tribe Legislative Director Helo Hancock told the Press. "It goes on every day."

But Idaho Lottery Commission Director Jeff Anderson told the Press that his office told the Tribe, "We did not think it was legal in Idaho," but " I don't have any authority to do anything about it."

Hancock told the Press that the Idaho Legislature's recent approval of so-called "historical horse racing" gaming machines was "a pretty clear nod for the expansion of casino gaming."


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