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Alaskan Card Rooms Plan Gains Momentum

27 April 2005

JUNEAU, Alaska -- As reported by the Anchorage Daily News:" A push to legalize card rooms for gamblers has momentum in the closing weeks of the legislative session.

"The proposal, pushed by Anchorage poker maestro Perry Green, has cleared three committees in the past week. Its latest victory came Tuesday in the House Judiciary Committee, which passed a compromise version that would require local voters to agree before card rooms were allowed in their town.

"The idea is gamblers could bet on poker, rummy, bridge or cribbage inside regulated businesses. Green, who plans to open an Anchorage card room with around 20 tables, said poker is booming and card rooms are popular recreation in other states.

"…Green, a semi-retired furrier who is a veteran of top tournaments such as the World Series of Poker, also said card rooms would create jobs.

"…Green and his lobbyists last year tried and failed to get the Legislature to allow him to open a casino in Anchorage. The card room plan is drawing much less organized opposition so far, although anti-gambling legislators are still fighting it.

"…The department would also set the maximum wagers on the games and how much the card room owners could charge players. The players, who would have to be older than 21, would wager against one another, rather than the house…"

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