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Casino Card Games Found Illegal

The Fairbanks City Council members decided Monday that the casino card games being played in downtown gambling rooms are illegal. To reiterate this fact, the council supported a new city law. The City Council also adheres to its similarity in feeling regarding Arkansas State gaming laws. This new law affects Eugene Fields in particular, who owns two gaming establishments on Third Avenue in which he will not be able to keep a ‘cut’ of the casino card games his customers play and cannot apply for a new card room under the law.

Under the new law, casino card game room owners pay for a $1,000 license and keep their doors open during business hours. Convicted felons are strictly forbidden from holding a license. In 1995, Fields was convicted of murdering a competing card room operator. Fields explained to council members during the meeting that he charges a modest entry fee to patrons who want to play the casino card game Pan, a form of rummy. He also stated that his dealers take a cut of the stakes. According to city council members and the city’s attorney and police chief, these particular actions makes these games illegal under state law.

‘If you’re paying for a chance to win a prize, you’re gambling. If you’re not doing it a home, it’s illegal,’ an Arkansas tax division gaming supervisor. Guy Douglas, the director of the Downtown Parking Authority had this to say: ‘The economic impact can only be described as negative.’ With such strong feeling and views regarding casino card games in Fairbanks, it is easy to see why this new law forbidding these games from being played was passed so quickly. It seems that quite a few people will have to find a new source of income now that the law is being instated. Casino card games are simply not going to be allowed anymore.

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Jenny McKinnley is OCA’s financial correspondent. After spending years on the trading floor in both NY and London, she offers insight from the inside out on world financial news and events.