Pick-Up Poker incorporated in December 2008. It says it will charge players $1 per 15 minutes for lease of its card rooms. It says it will provide jobs and will protect poker players in a number of ways:
It will not charge $5 to $100 a hand, as “illegal, underground card rooms” do;
It will not charge $3 to $5 per hand as online poker sites do;
It will protect players from robbery by providing security, holding the players’ cash or checks, and barring expensive watches or jewelry.
It says its president’s salary will be capped at 130% of its highest paid manager’s wages. It will “never provide comps or loans or extend credit to players. … (I)t will not sell alcoholic beverages.”
It says it will assure that its customers are 21 or older and without criminal histories or gambling addictions – though it does not specify how it will determine that one.
Pick-Up Poker, which describes this as a case of first impression, says it does not want to be prosecuted under the state’s nuisance or gambling laws.
How about a declaratory judgment?, the company asks the Dallas County Court.
Attorney David A. Tucker, the company president, filed the case pro se.
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