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Baltimore Cracks Down on Charity Gambling Events

9 May 2005

BALTIMORE, Maryland – As reported by the Baltimore Business Journal: "Known as 'The Event,' the Baltimore Junior Association of Commerce's annual casino night and silent auction has raised more than $30,000 for charity over the past four years.

"So it came as a shock to Jodi Taylor, president of the young professionals' group, when the Baltimore City Police Department revoked permission to hold the event -- only nine days before it was scheduled to take place April 30 at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore.

"Baltimore City has been cracking down on charity gambling events after noticing the growing popularity of 'Texas Hold 'em' poker tournaments at city bars and restaurants last summer, said Nathan C. Irby, executive secretary of the city liquor licensing board.

"…State law bans all gambling with certain exceptions that vary by county.

"The Baltimore Junior Association of Commerce's fund-raiser has included gambling for the past three years. But this year, Taylor said, the police informed her that her group's permit had been issued in error last February and that such gambling events are not allowed.

"…Taylor said the police in Baltimore City were polite about the situation and suggested some alternative ways to go on with the event without illegal gambling…"

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