Attorney General Files Suit To Shut Down Wisconsin Poker Room
Madison's Ho-Chunk Gaming Poker Room In Jeopardy
A suit filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court by the Wisconsin state Attorney General’s Office is seeking an injunction to shut down the poker room at the Ho-Chunk Casino in Madison.
The poker room, which has eight electronic poker tables, is open for 18 hours each day and is capable of spreading no-limit, pot-limit and limit variations of hold’em, Omaha and 7-card stud.
According to the complaint, poker, even in its electronic form, “is not explicitly authorized and is explicitly prohibited by the law of the State of Wisconsin.” The Ho-Chunk tribe, however, argues that poker should be allowed because the players compete against each other and not the house.
A state-appointed arbitrator ruled last year that the tribe’s compact restricts poker from being spread at their Madison property. Under the agreement, the tribe can have up to three Las Vegas-style gambling halls, but the other facilities must maintain a class II gaming license, which basically restricts gambling to bingo, slot machines, keno and video poker.
Ho-Chunk gaming spreads table games at their locations in Black River Falls, Wisconsin Dells and Nekoosa, but their properties in Madison and Tomah are restricted by what they can offer.
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