While much of the attention of the poker community is currently on the drive of several states towards legalization and regulation of online poker, there are fights that are being waged in some states that might affect live poker games. A recent bill in theOregon legislature is an example of this type of attack.
Writer Harry Esteve of the Oregonian tells the story of a young Portland woman,Rachel O’Neal, who has started her own law practice in the city and enjoys the local card rooms for some Texas Hold’em on her rare off hours. In particular, Esteve mentions that O’Neal frequents the Encore Poker Club, where O’Neal admits she “feels safe” playing the game. Under a bill in the Oregon legislature, however, those games may be outlawed in the state.
The draft of the bill, under the nomenclature of LC 3928, would amend the laws in Oregon regarding what it calls “social gaming.” Those laws, put in place in the 1980s, have allowed for nearly a dozen card rooms to open up around Portland and across the state. One legislator, however, doesn’t see this as what the original law intended and is looking to chop it down.