Plug Pulled on NC Charity Tourney
Anti-poker Forces Clearly Opposed to Ending Hunger

by , Mar 8, 2008 | 1:03 pm

It’s usually when a charity tournament starts raising too much money that people try to stop it. And that’s what happened in North Carolina … as what is claimed to be the largest charity tournament in the nation just got canceled. The general counsel for UNC decided that with 1,000 people slated to compete for donated prizes that maybe just maybe the event — Hold’em for Hunger — was legally questionable.

Last year saw a field of more than 500 competing for a top prize of a big-screen TV to raise more than $12,500 for a group called Nourish International.

This anti-poker victory in North Carolina comes as poker-friendly forces in South Carolina appear to be making great strides with a bill in South Carolina that would’ve overturned a 200-year-old law to allow churches to raise charity money via poker got defeated.

5 Comments to “Plug Pulled on NC Charity Tourney
Anti-poker Forces Clearly Opposed to Ending Hunger

  1. Kevin Mathers

    Not so fast Dan.

    Basically, they decided to let the voters vote on if churches can do raffles twice a year, but no poker.

  2. DanM

    Damn you and your accuracy, Kmath! So was pokerpages wrong?

    So under the bill, it would still not be legal to get together with friends
    for a night of poker, but you could play Texas Hold ’em, five-card draw, or
    seven-card stud at church, as the bill specifically mentions these forms of
    poker can be used to raise money for charity.

    Or are we talking about two different bills in SC … or has it changed in the past few weeks?

    Very confusing …

  3. DanM

    Oh, wait, I got it … two separate bills. The casino-night / poker one got defeated 13-8.

  4. 85nutz

    Lottery to benefit schools for children — goood.
    Poker to benefit food for starving children — bad.

    When are government officials going to realise how hypocritical this is?

  5. Lavigne in Austin

    when we turn the bad guys out of office