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Albany Card Game Law Changes Rejected

26 August 2005

ALBANY, New York – As reported by the Albany Democrat-Herald: "For the second time in eight months, the Albany City Council has refused to change city policy to allow card games in public places such as bars.

"Councilors voted 4-2 Wednesday to deny Roger Middelstadt, who owns The Foghorn tavern at 435 Second Ave. S.E., a chance to present his card-playing case to the panel at a special work session.

"…Last December with the same vote count, the council declined to allow the First Round Bar & Grill to set up four tables of 'Texas Hold'em,' each table to seat nine players with games running from 5 p.m. to closing on Sundays.

"…Before the council session Middelstadt, who has owned the tavern for nearly 15 years, said he needed to offer card gaming to make up for the $16,000 a year he is going to lose now that the Oregon Lottery Commission has reduced the percentage of profit businesses can receive from the state's gaming machines.

"He said he would not make money off of the gambling but he expected to see an increase in beverage and food sales…"

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