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Contracts and Poker: Home Games In Iowa

by Scott J. Burnham |  Published: Jun 15, 2022


There is an old saying that “ignorance of the law is no excuse.” The underlying presumption is that you should have looked up what the law is before you acted. But that assumes that the law is easy to find and understand. Let’s test that proposition with some laws for conducting home games of poker. We’ll put ourselves in the position of a conscientious poker player who wants to obey the law. Let’s see just how easy that is. Since gambling laws are different in every state, let’s assume we are in Iowa. It isn’t that hard to find § 99B.42 of the Iowa Code, which is captioned “Social gambling general requirements.” The first thing it tells us is: 1. Social gambling is lawful under section 99B.43, 99B.44, or 99B.45, when all of the following requirements are met: a. The gambling occurs between two or more people who are together ...

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