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View Poll Results: Do you support legalizing charity poker?
Yes! - I think it's a great idea 2 25.00%
Maybe - The idea is interesting but I need to learn more about it 5 62.50%
No - I don't think any sort of expanded gambling would be good for NE 1 12.50%
Haven't decided yet 0 0%
Voters: 8. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 09-07-2009, 11:07 PM
Location: Omaha
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I'm trying to get charity poker legal in Nebraska. I've sent a couple emails to all the state senators to see what they think. Most have said they will consider it but won't introduce the legislation. There were several that have said they don't believe any sort of expanded gambling is good for NE and 'NE has spoken - they don't want expanded gambling." I disagree on that comment as this is different than allowing casinos in NE. I met with Senator Karpisek on Friday to discuss my idea. He said he may be interested in introducing it but said it will be difficult to get out of committee (General Affairs which he heads up).

Anyway, I thought I'd post this topic on this forum to see what people think about legalizing charity poker. I'm basing my idea on how Michigan does it but with two key differences - 1) An entertainment type fee/tax where each poker player pays $1 - $5 per charity event. That money is to be used to fund pools, libraries, kids programs, etc. 2) A limit per event per person of $500. This way a person can't lose a large amount of money in a short period of time like they can with keno and at the casino.

To learn more about how it would work, check out this website: Nebraska Charity Poker (http://legalizecharitypoker.com/default.aspx - broken link) The Links page has several good links and a couple radio interviews I've done as well.

What do you think? Please post your comments and concerns here as I'm interested in seeing what people think. I've been asked to write up in detail how this would work and I'm trying to make sure I address everyone's concerns as best I can.


Brian Pick

PS: If you feel strongly one way or the other on this, please contact your local senator.
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