Grassroots campaign looking to legalize live poker in Wisconsin

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A group of Wisconsin poker players, headed by Poker Players Alliance state director Steve Verrett, has hired an attorney that will issue a declaratory judgment regarding the legality of poker as a skill game.

Based on federal precedent and the language of state gambling statutes, the group believes it has a shot of legalizing poker, which is only offered in casinos on Indian reservations across the state.

The PPA legal team in Washington, D.C., will provide free legal support for the effort, while local players have turned out in force to help cover the declaratory judgment attorney fee. On Dec. 28, a legal fund charity tournament at Bowl-A-Ward Lanes in Madison raised $3,800 toward the $10K goal.

“This is very real and if all is successful, we could see Wisconsin have the same types of poker facilities as California and other states,” Verrett said. “We have put over two years of research and time into this effort and we are very close to making this happen.”

For more information, contact Verrett at (608) 333-1944.

— Email Chad Holloway at anteupchad@yahoo.com.