Nebraska State Senator Tyson Larson is looking to help local governments and provide some property tax relief in his state with the help of the game of poker.
Larson is hoping to declare draw and hold’em poker games 'games of skill’ which would make them legal in the state and allow income generated off those games to provide some much needed fiscal assistance. According to the Lincoln Journal Star, Tyson’s bill looks to be introduced tomorrow.
“You can be a professional poker player; you cannot be a professional coin flipper,” Larson said. “You can lose a poker game on purpose; you can’t lose a coin flip on purpose. You can have the worst hand in poker but be the best player.
“The math is there; the statistics are there,” he said. “Poker is a game of skill; it is not a game of chance.”
At the same time Senator Paul Schumacher is looking to propose a state constitutional amendment repealing a gambling ban. While Larson’s poker bill is likely to at least be put up for debate, the full gambling ban repeal has many more hurdles before Schumacher expects much movement on it.
For the full story, check out: Bill Would Legalize Poker By Calling It Game Of Skill