Iowa online poker bill passes Senate

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In March, the Iowa state senate voted 29-20 to approve Senate File 2275, legislation to create an online poker network. Before the vote, Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal, D-Council Bluffs, said he thought the bill would face stiffer opposition in the Republican-controlled House, an opinion shared by House Speaker Kraig Paulsen, R-Hiawatha.

This makes it clear that action is needed from Iowa’s poker players. If you’d like to see this bill passed, call your state senator and congressmen (numbers can be found at theppa.org).

CASH GAMES INCREASE: The Mystique Casino in Dubuque has been drawing more cash players for bigger games recently. The active $2-$5 no-limit hold’em game that runs on Wednesday nights is now going on Saturday evenings, too.

This increased activity has led to the scheduling a $5-$10 NLHE game that was held March 24. A few days after the signup sheet was available, there were 20 names on it. I’d look for another big game soon. For tournament players, Mystique has added a new monthly tournament with a $115 buy-in that runs the day before the $220 buy-in.

— Ken Warren is the Ante Up Ambassador for Iowa. You can email him at anteupken@gmail.com.