Poker In Idaho: Indian Tribe Push All In on Live Poker

Currently outlawed Coeur d'Alene Tribe takes a stand.

Though currently outlawed by the Idaho Constitution, live poker will commence this spring at the Coeur d’Alene Casino if the Indian Tribe that runs it has it’s way. According to, the new live poker game, which may be totally illegal, is set to start dealing Texas Hold’em and MTTs on May 2 as the tribe has determined that poker falls under Class II gaming which is not regulated by State law.

The tribe is doing this not necessarily out of a love for poker, but a strategic move to compete with neighboring Washington’s casinos and protect their business and the jobs that come with it.

The Tribe’s legislative director, Helo Hancock, feels like they are in a good spot. With recent gambling expansion and the player vs player aspect of poker, he doesn’t seem to feel like this will incur any fines or be much of a problem.

br. “In the past, Idaho has been pretty concerned about the expansion of gaming,” he said. “With the authorization of these instant racing machines, that’s pretty clear that this has changed. Idaho appears to be pretty comfortable with an unprecedented expansion of gaming.”

If you or someone you know has a gambling problem and wants help, call the Virginia Council on Problem Gambling (VACPG) helpline at 1-888-532-3500
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