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Poker pro criticizes poker ban

7 June 2007

WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- As reported by the Winnipeg Sun: "Canada's most famous poker champion said it is 'ridiculous' that private, for-profit poker games -- like the ones busted by Winnipeg police last week -- are not allowed to take place.

"Daniel Negreanu, a 33-year-old Toronto native who has made more than $9-million playing poker and is an international star in the casino community, told Sun Media yesterday that although Winnipeg police were only following current laws when they busted 63 people for illegal gambling last Thursday, those laws need changing.

"'It's ridiculous. Everything in Canada seems to be government owned,' Negreanu said from Las Vegas, where he now lives.

"... Negreanu said he understands police concerns about tax-free, under-the-table cash potentially flowing into the wrong hands, but said that's why the government should license private casinos..."

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