State Says Poker Runs, Charity Tournaments Illegal

By: AP - Posted by Giang Nguyen
By: AP - Posted by Giang Nguyen


GARDEN CITY, Kan. (AP) _ Kansas gambling regulators say an increasingly popular fund-raising activity is illegal in the state because gambling provisions don't include charitable exceptions.

Racing and Gaming Commission spokesman Bill Miskell told The Garden City Telegram ( ) that poker runs and charitable poker tournaments are not allowed in Kansas.

That prompted the newspaper to cancel a Texas Hold `Em tournament next week that would have helped fund its Newspaper in Education Program.

Several poker runs _ in which motorcycle riders pay an entry fee and drive to various locations to pick up playing cards _ have taken place in Garden City this summer and in previous years.

Miskell says it's up to the local county attorney to prosecute violators. Finney County attorney John Wheeler that's not high on his priority list.

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