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The General

The Mouse (*)
Oct 24, 2003
My Gaff
01 FEB The rules have been written, pub poker will take place next September

The UK Department for Culture, Media and Sport has released new proposals to control gaming in alcohol-licensed premises (pubs), so gaming licenses from local authorities will no longer be needed when the Gaming Act of 2005 comes into effect next September.

The proposed rules were published last week in a consultation document which is open for feedback until April 20, 2007.

Besides pubs, clubs of all sorts will also be able to host poker events in what amounts to the most radical overhaul of 40 year old drinking and gambling rules. The clubs include, for example: sporting clubs, working men's clubs, political parties, commercial clubs, miners' welfare institutes and branches of the Royal British Legion.

For the first time clear stake and prize limits on poker games have been set, and a number of conditions under which the games must be run have been laid out, as follows:

Children must be prohibited from participation

Gaming is limited to 'equal chance' games

Games may not be played across more than one property.

Stakes in pubs must be limited to 5 pounds (US$9.80 or 7.56 Euros), prizes to 100 pounds daily (US$195.86 or 151.30 Euros) and 500 pounds weekly (US$979.10 or 756,14 Euros).

Private members' clubs can offer stakes up to 10 pounds (US$19.60 or 15,12 Euros), and prizes to 200 pounds (US$391.72 or 302,60 Euros) a night and up to 1,000 weekly (US$1,958.60 or 1.513,00 Euros).

The operator must not charge participation fees (including membership subscriptions) or take a cut from money staked or won.

The pub industry has lobbied for these changes believing that poker games will bring more customers and increase overall pub business.

"These proposals set out a comprehensive set of rules governing gaming in pubs and clubs that will keep it fair, crime-free and ensure children and the vulnerable are protected" said Richard Caborn, minister for sport.

Story taken from the excellent; www.badbeat.com


Thoughts fellow gambling peers?!

Thoughts fellow gambling peers?!


I think this is a terrible move.

If you watch any Western a fight will inevitably break out over a card game in the saloon.

Do we really need people breaking chairs over eachothers heads and whipping out shooters down our locals?
Excellent stuff, so all in the Spread for a late night poker sesh on matchdays then...