Speak Out!

The Issue: Neighborhood Poker

July 20, 2005

Last week, Steven Dannenmann of Severn bested some of the worlds top poker players including last years champion Greg Raymer at the famed No Limit Texas Hold em Championship in Las Vegas.

For the past two years, Dannenmann has participated in a low-key Tuesday-night poker game with friends in Anne Arundel County. Maryland law says that any card game where money is a prize is a misdemeanor and is punishable by up to six months in jail, said Anne Arundel police spokesman Shawn Urbas. Police investigate games that they hear about and take appropriate action which can be anything from a warning to an arrest depending on the circumstance, Urbas said.

YOUR VIEW: Given that there most likely are many kitchen-table poker games played throughout the state, is the law fair? Should it include an exemption for noncommercial low-stakes games? Tell us what you think at arundel.speakout@baltsun.com by Thursday. Please keep your response short, and include your name, address and phone number. A selection will be published Sunday.

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