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Alaskan Poker Bill Finds Supporter

2 May 2005

ALASKA – As reported by the Juneau Empire: "A Juneau business owner told a group of lawmakers Friday that he supports a bill that would legalize poker rooms in Alaska.

" Card games are entertainment and more entertainment is needed in the state, not just for locals but tourists who visit,' said Ethan Billings, owner of Marlintini's Lounge and DocWaters Bar and Grill.

"Billings is the second bar owner in Juneau to show an interest in House Bill 272 now that it has survived much of the lawmaking process. Managers from the Viking Lounge and Billiards said in early April they support the bill, too.

"On Friday, the House Finance Committee moved the bill to the floor for a vote, possibly this week. The Senate's version of the bill, Senate Bill 165, is scheduled for hearing in the Judiciary Committee.

"…Applicants would pay a start-up fee of $25,000 and then annual taxes on the tables at $10,000 each. An establishment could hold as many as 15 tables…"

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