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Alaska Card Room Bill Receives House Support

5 May 2005

JUNEAU, Alaska – As reported by the Anchorage Daily News: "The state House has voted to legalize card rooms where gamblers can wager against one another on poker and other games.

"The 23-16 vote came about 10 p.m. Wednesday, as the Legislature worked late to wrap up its business before the adjournment for the year in six days.

"The card room bill, House Bill 272, must clear the Senate before it becomes law. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Ralph Seekins plans a hearing on it today but said he was unsure whether it would make it out of his committee. There is more opposition to expanding gambling in the Senate than the House.

"…The bill permits poker, bridge, pan, rummy and cribbage.

"The bill doesn't set a limit on the number of tables in the card room. But the owner would have to pay a $10,000 per-table annual license fee to the state, on top of a $25,000 application fee…"

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