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Ho-Chunk re-opens poker tables

17 January 2007

BARABOO, Wisconsin – As reported by the Madison Capital Times: "More than 2 years after packing away the chips, Ho-Chunk Casino north of Baraboo reopened its poker tables at 10 a.m. Sunday with 40 players filling four tables and more excited gamblers waiting in the wings.

"The casino's table games were removed on June 30, 2004, after a state Supreme Court ruling in 2003 that nullified the gambling compacts Gov. Jim Doyle negotiated with Wisconsin's tribes. That ruling was reversed by the same court in July, and the casino has been training dealers and preparing tables ever since, casino spokeswoman Beth Anacker said.

"The resumption of table games at the casino could mean the addition of at least $70 million to state coffers. After the 2004 ruling, the tribe suspended payments owed to the state under the 2003 compact…"

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