Coeur d'Alene Tribe Loses Another Hand In Effort to Deal Poker Games

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The Coeur d'Alene Tribe is still playing a riksy hand in its hopes to allow live poker at its North Idaho casino.

In March, Citydesk reported that the tribe was planning to offer live Texas Hold 'Em games in addition to tournament play at its Idaho casino. But the tribe had been told by the Idaho Lottery Commission that live poker was not legal, and indeed earlier this month, U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill ordered the tribe to halt the poker games.

And on Sept. 18, Winmill denied a motion to suspend his injunction, pending a hearing before a federal appeals court.

This morning's Coeur d'Alene Press reports that Winmill ruled that it was "in the public's interest" to stay his injunction.

"The court also finds that the public's interest is furthered by upholding Idaho state law," wrote Winmill.

Meanwhile, the tribe argues that as many as 49 jobs were tied to the suspended poker tournaments at their Coeur d'Alene Casino and Resort.

"If the Texas hold 'em tournaments continue to be enjoined, the tribe and/or its members will suffer significant harm in that the tribe may be forced to terminate, eliminate, and/or jeopardize the continued employment of its members, and other nonmembers, whose jobs support the operation of such tournaments," wrote Casino CEO David Matheson.