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Judge holds hearing in Coeur d'Alene Tribe poker game dispute

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More on: cda, class ii, idaho, poker

The Coeur d'Alene Casino Resort Hotel in Idaho. Photo from Facebook

A federal judge heard arguments on Tuesday in a gaming dispute between the state of Idaho and the Coeur d'Alene Tribe.

The tribe started offering Texas Hold ’Em tournament games at its Coeur d'Alene Casino Resort Hotel last month. The state contends poker violates the Idaho Constitution and the Class III gaming compact.

Judge Lynn Winmill did not indicate when he would rule on the state's motion for a temporary restraining order and another motion for a preliminary injunction, The Spokane Spokesman-Review reported. The tribe is confident it will prevail.

“We feel like we’re on pretty solid legal ground and we’re hopeful that the judge agrees with our position,” Helo Hancock, the tribe's legislative director, told the paper.

The National Indian Gaming Commission considers non-banked card games to fall into the Class II category. As such, they would outside of state reach.

Hancock said the poker games have proven to be popular.

Get the Story:
Judge hears arguments on poker at CdA Tribe casino (The Spokane Spokesman-Review 6/4)
State reply to tribe: Golf tourneys ‘bear no resemblance to poker,’ and Texas Hold ‘Em illegal even if others in state play it (The Spokane Spokesman-Review 5/30)

Related Stories:
Coeur d'Alene Tribe defends poker games in lawsuit from state (05/29)

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