Well, at the risk of opening myself to ridicule, I wonder if anyone has any knowledge of the following topic. A friend of mine from poker and I have a similar daydream--of opening our own private poker establishment, an actual location that runs poker games. As far as I know, in Wisconsin, only Native American tribes have the legal right to run poker games. This friend of mine, who can sometimes talk outright nonsense, says that he has his son, a cop, "watching the statutes," regarding private citizens running poker houses. According to this friend of mine, this issue has come before the state assembly and some kind of law/resolution could be passed allowing this to happen. Well, I don't really believe him on this matter, but he's got me interested. Does anyone know what legal entity has jurisdiction over such issues, and whether any states other than Nevada allow private citizens to own a poker establishment? I'm asking strictly about a private poker club, where members would pay a fee that would cover the overhead, but there would not be a rake on the games and there would be no games, such as blackjack, where the house is a player in the action.