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Canberra Poker Players Association

By papadoc 30 April 2008 42

After sitting by and watching poker explode worldwide in the last 2 years, it has been saddening to see the inactivity of our local government when it comes to capitalising on this issue. I have decided to start a poker players association to help the people of Canberra who want to play, play locally instead of over the border.

Since 2005 I have travelled to Sydney and Melbourne regularly to play No Limit Texas Hold ‘Em for cash and prizes and yet if I want to do it in Canberra I can only pay the massive fee’s at Canberra Casino for one tounament per week or $200 minimum cash games on Wed-Sun. The casino is the only premisis within the ACT to hold a Texas Hold ‘Em poker licence and to play anywhere else is considered a crime as local legislation classes Texas Hold Em as an illegal game. Even if I have more than 9 people playing in my living room for $1 each, I am still committing a criminal offence.

NSW, QLD, VIC, SA, TAS and NT all have seperate rules when it comes to poker, but they all still permit the playing of “Pub Poker” or variants thereof. Essentially, a company runs games in hotels and clubs for prizes or cash and said company recieves payment on a per player basis from the club for the increse in patronage. NSW currently has a pretty open legislation allowing for cash games to be played for any amount, just about anywhere. The ACT has taken a vastly different approach and outlawed Texas Hold ‘Em and all its variants territory wide, leaving us with little option other than to play in Queanbeyan. What frustrates me and many poker players I know is that by travelling half an hour over the border, we can do as we please, play for a million dollars if we wanted to and then come back to Canberra. The easy solution is to say that that’s fine and carry on crossing the border, but what about the profits we leave over there?

Poker players like to gamble, like to drink and like to eat dinner which is what we’re doing in NSW and these club profits go to community groups and charities in NSW, yet the ACT misses out. If clubs weren’t interested, then fine, but from my own research just about every club in Canberra wants pub poker available to their members as it’s a new form of entertainment available to them. The ACT Government has never budged on this issue and I think that all local players need to take a stand. No-one is willing to listen yet, but with the numbers that I’ve seen playing cards in this town, we have enough people to at least get some answers.

I will be setting up an email soon and for those interested in getting involved, please leave your email in the comments section below and I ill be in contact shortly.


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APL jacqui 6:24 pm 20 May 09

Come down this monday night to walsh’s Queanbeyan for our first installment of APL $10 entry all money back to the players. Great cash and prizes to win. Also a free BBQ from 5.30pm. Rego 6pm game starts at 7pm

See you all there.

Also dont forget APL @ the Roo’s every tuesday and thursday 6pm rego 7pm start $10 entry. Queanbeyqn Kangaroo Club

Any more information please call Jacqui on 0431627182

bigfeet 10:16 pm 17 Mar 09

The following question was asked on the Riotact questionaires sent out to candidates at the last Territory election:

“Will you vote to allow club style non profit poker card game tournaments to be played in Canberra?”

All Labor candidates who responded gave the ACT Labor standard reply of

“…the ACT Gambling and Racing Commission undertook a review of the current Act.
… the results of the review will be considered in the next term of the Assembly. ACT Labor notes the significant increase in the popularity of club style non-profit poker tournaments and, dependent on the findings of the review, would be willing to give consideration to such tournaments if re-elected”

I can’t find a response from a Green or Liberal who actually got elected.

So, what was the result of this review? Does anyone know? Is it still ongoing?

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