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Allow Poker Tournaments that Follow the Guidelines of Illinois Law to be Held in Licensed Establishments.

We, the undersigned, verify that the Texas Hold'em Poker tournaments we have attended at the Red Ivy Bar in Chicago have never been played for money or any other item of value. We believe that we are fully following the guidelines of Section 28-1 of the Illinois Criminal Code (720 ILCS 5/28-1) which states that "....a person commits the offense of gambling when he plays a game of chance or skill for money or other things of value. ...."

The organizer of these tournaments has designed series of educational lectures and a point system which he publishes on a public bulletin board, the value of which is nothing other than education and social recognition. At each event, all players are advised and expected to fully respect the law, so no wagering of any type is allowed.

We find these events to be rewarding only for the challenge and the competition. The social interaction and the ability to meet new people is the same intent that anyone visiting a licensed establishment has the right to enjoy.

We feel that our competitive game is being unfairly stigmatized, and is as legal as any pool or dart competition that also does not violate the law.

We welcome the ILCC to inspect our events, and believe that any fines imposed by the ILCC would be unjust.

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