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Manitoba Shuts Down Charity Poker Tournament

27 February 2006

MANITOBA – As reported by the CBC News: "Another Texas hold'em poker tournament has been shut down by the Manitoba Gaming Control Commission.

"Five rural bars in Lac du Bonnet, Beausejour, Pine Falls and Pinawa were hosting Eastman Poker Tournament to raise money to build a new outdoor rink in Lac du Bonnet.

"A game planned for Sunday in Beausejour was cancelled at the last minute after the bars were given written warnings that the poker game was illegal.

"…Tournament organizer Ritch Nally was disappointed, saying he believed the poker game would be legal because the money raised would go to charity.

"…The Manitoba Gaming Control Commission says any establishment that charges an entry fee, offers a large prize, and stands to gain from running a poker tournament is breaking the law. It is considering the rules as they concern charity events…"

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