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Judge Rules That Tribal Casino In Wisconsin Must Get Rid Of Video Poker Games

Game Breaches Gambling Compact Terms


On Thursday, a federal judge ruled that the Ho-Chunk Nation in Wisconsin must discontinue offering a video poker game at its Madison casino because it breaches the terms of the tribe’s gambling agreement with the state.

According to the Wisconsin State Journal, U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb concurred with the state’s Department of Justice’s assertion that PokerPro, the video poker game in question, was a Class III card game, which is forbidden under the terms of the gambling compact with the Southeast Side casino.

While the state claimed that PokerPro was too similar to blackjack and slots, the tribe argued it was legal because the players wager against each other, not against the house.

Crabb instructed the Ho-Chunk to stop video poker at the Madison casino 30 days following the conclusion of any appeals, or 30 days following the expiration of the tribe’s deadline for filing an appeal—whichever is later.

An expert on Wisconsin’s Constitution and federal tribal law denounced her ruling as “hugely irresponsible.”

Tags: Wisconsin