Osprey Media. - Brantford Expositor: "OPP warns about poker events
Local News - Thursday, January 25, 2007 Updated @ 11:10:29 AM
Thinking about holding a poker event to raise money for some worthy cause?
If so, the OPP is advising you to think again and check with legal counsel because such an event could be illegal.
Casino nights run by charitable groups with games including blackjack and Crown and Anchor are exempt with a licence for gambling issued by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO).
However, there are no such exemptions for poker-type events. Therefore, it is illegal under the Criminal Code to hold such events, the OPP said in a statement released Thursday.
Any gambling in a licensed establishment is illegal under the Liquor Licence Act of Ontario. An establishment that directly or indirectly charges a fee or is paid by players for the privilege of playing or participating in a poker game including donations, is also considered illegal under the Criminal Code of Canada. Even in the event the entry fees are returned to the players as prizes doesn’t make the event legal.
Any organization should consult with legal counsel prior to holding any poker gaming event to ensure it won’t violate the criminal code.
Licensing information can be obtained by calling 1-800-522-2876. "