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Alabama Tribe Seeks to Hold Poker Games

19 October 2004

ATMORE, Alabama – As reported by the Birmingham News: "The Poarch Creek Indians sought federal approval Tuesday for their plan to hold live poker games at the tribe's bingo hall near Atmore.

"Since the tribe lacks a gaming compact with the state of Alabama, only Class II games are allowed and Class III casino-type gambling is prohibited.

"Arthur Mothershed, the tribe's chief financial officer for gaming, said the tribe plans to open nine tables Thanksgiving weekend with three types of poker: Texas hold'em, Omaha and stud poker.

"…Players would have chips and cards, but they would bet against each other, not against the house, Mothershed said. The tribe would collect a share of each game. If it's popular, poker will be offered at the tribe's Montgomery and Wetumpka gaming centers, he said…"

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