Re: Poker League Status in MO
Thanks for the quick replies.
I play with about a dozen ministers at a Bible College and poker has created an itch in some of their consciences,' We are starting a league to reduce the "gambling" aspect of poker and I didn't know if there was a legal problem as well.
I have solicited help from the Attorney General's office, Missouri Bar, and a few other Attorney's. Only the Missouri Bar replied to my e-mail, they tried to sell me a consultation for $25, lol.
This is the e-mail I sent out:
I am thinking about starting a home poker league and I would like to know if it is legal to do so.
There will be a registration fee for members ($25) that goes toward prizes, promotions, and food. Guests pay a $3 free per game night that goes to the same thing.
Is this considered gambling? The winner at the end of 10 weeks wins a cash prize and the winner of each week wins a $10 prize... they don't pay anything for the game, but they do have to pay the registration fee for the season.
From what I've read, gambling requires a person to risk something of value, is the registration fee a "risk"? or an administrative cost?
Thanks for your reply and your time,
I really can't find anything about a poker league, it's pretty clear that gambling outside of a casino or lottery is illegal, but nothing about Leagues.
BTW: I'm in Joplin (SW MO)