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Poker clubs bet on legal action

15 April 2007

LONDON, England -- As reported by The Observer: "Tessa Jowell faces fresh embarrassment from her controversial Gambling Act as the UK's poker clubs join forces to challenge the new legislation.

"They are considering taking legal action over the gaming law and, to boost their case, they will this week form a trade association. They have already hired top legal advice and Citigate as lobbyist. The UK Poker Clubs Association represents 72,000 members.

"Poker clubs are furious that the Gambling Act, which comes into force this September, limits the daily membership fee they are allowed to charge to £3. This, they argue, restricts the prizes they can offer to players in tournaments and prevents them offering wider services to members. The act also places poker clubs in the same category as casinos, forcing them to obtain a casino licence..."

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