Real Poker’s Amusement Gambling Poker Tournaments (AGPTs) represent a paradigm shift in how -- and where -- poker tournaments, and potentially ring games, may be conducted in Arizona.
The Arizona Poker Tour, comprised of an annual series of AGPTs, is not social gambling, but excluded as amusement gambling for intellectual games or contests. Our AGPT events are modeled after the 2015 U.S. Open Chess Championship, conducted at the Arizona Biltmore in 2015, which had a $190 max registration fee and 1st place prize of $8,000 from a projected $50K cash prize pool based on 500 entries. Upon our notice, ADoG looked into this chess-for-cash contest and publicly stated, with an assistant attorney general review and approval, that the USCF chess conference and championship did not constitute illegal gambling under Arizona law.
From 2012 to 2015 our event registrations were denied by the Arizona Attorney General's office. However, since the eiphany that the “event” not the “prize pool” can be the “product” required by the intellectual amusement gambling exclusion, our AGPTs have been successfully registered with the Arizona Attorney General’s office pursuant to A.R.S. § 13-3311 as amusement gambling. As a pending 501c7, we are not required to register our events, but continue to do so each year as civil notice to the State.
Real Poker’s Arizona transaction privilege tax license (as, appropriately enough, an amusement vendor) is 21228144. Our articles of incorporation are public record and were filed with the Arizona Corporation Commission in 2017, when the LLC was founded.
The Club may freely hire dealers and other staff as approved by the majority in carrying out its mission and exempt purpose. All payroll taxes, and taxes on gross revenue generated, are paid. Our Operating Agreement, which will be filed with the Maricopa County Recorder's office once executed, describes how the Club conducts its operations.
Any and all fees that our members have established, including membership fees, event registrations (including buyins, rebuys, addons and reloads) are fees paid by members to participate in our AGPT events, to cover overhead costs associated with the event, and in furtherance of our mission and exempt purpose. Real Poker LLC is a cooperatively owned and managed home game. Retained earnings, if any, from member capital contributions, registration and/or event fees, sponsorships, merchandise sales or other revenue sources, are donated to member-approved charitable organizations, or disbursed for the public benefit through our State championship freeroll series, in furtherance of our exempt purpose and mission.
The information on this website is provided for informational purposes only. Due to the ever-changing world of gaming, gaming regulation, and court decisions, the information presented on this site should be viewed as informational, not authoritative, in nature. Real Poker founders and members are private citizens and do not profess to hold a law degree or offer legal advice of any kind, and as the industry landscape continues to evolve, so too have our policies and procedures. What we may have stated previously, may no longer be valid. Especially concerning the "social" gambling exclusion.
All member fees, dues, assessments, and event registrations are not tax deductible as charitable donations. The Club is not a 501(c)3 organization. It operates as a 501c7 not-for-profit, exempt social club.
Members are responsible for reporting earned income, if any, from Real Poker AGPT events on their personal income taxes. Real Poker reports revenue only for employees, which are paid minimum wage plus 100% of their tips. Tips for tournaments are pooled by the event staff.
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Notwithstanding the above, and as a public service, Real Poker plans to publish our defacto standards, policies and procedures, 501c7 application, articles of organization, operating agreement, minimum internal control standards, op-ed pieces, white papers, and the regulatory framework (both federal and state) that we have implemented to allow Club members to freely enjoy the civil liberty to conduct professionally-dealt, competitive poker tournaments without violating Arizona law, or invoking the allegedly unconstituional poison pill clause of the 2003 tribal gaming compacts.
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