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Poker In Oregon

By November 28, 2012

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Poker in Oregon is a bit different from the surrounding states. Nevada, California, and Washington all have legal poker rooms with plenty of games, limits, and of course, players. Oregon has the players, and there are nine Native American Oregon casinos, several of which have poker rooms, but what if you're not near a casino?

Fortunately, Oregon law does allow "A game, other than a lottery, between players in a private home where no house player, house bank or house odds exist and there is no house income from the operation of the social game," so it would appear most home games are legal. However, all the live-money poker games that used to be found in taverns are now frowned upon. Bummer!

To make up for the lack of live games, there are plenty of "poker clubs," especially in Portland, where you can get your fill of poker tournaments. The clubs, with names like The Final Table, Ace of Spades, and the Encore Club, offer food, snacks, and drinks - and lots of different tournaments. The clubs charge no rake or other fees for tournaments, just a $10 daily charge for membership.

Most tournaments are in the $20 to $40 range, with prize money between $400 and $1500. Shootouts plus Friday and Saturday $5,000 and $10,000 tournaments are also found. Small clubs have three tables in action, larger clubs offer 15 tables. The minimum age for membership/play, is 21.

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