Real Policies. Real Procedures. Real Organization.
As a competitive poker club, Real Poker needs published Rules and Regulations, just like any PTA or HOA. This page provides commonly used forms and publications, collateral material, white papers, operating agreement, employment and membership applications, meeting minutes, club newsletters, and more.
Note: As of November 20th, many of these links need to be updated from Soft Opening to Grand Opening. They should all be ready by December 1st.
TUESDAYS AT TOSO’S INVITATION Members may use to invite guests to events they will also be attending.
NEW MEMBER BROCHURE Membership benefits, who we are, what we do and why
NOT SOCIAL BUT AMUSEMENT (HOW AND WHY) Explains the need for the paradigm shift for poker from the moribund social gambling exclusion for professionally dealt, competitive games, to bona fide amusement contests conducted by a not-for-profit social club.
“ARIZONA POKER” What we're tentatively calling a “cash game concept tournament”... play testing after main events (with 5+ interest and volunteer dealers)... Hopefully ready to roll out in Season 2 (2019) of the Arizona Poker Tour.
MEMBERSHIP / EMPLOYMENT
Membership Application New members require a sponsor. Don't know a member? Railbirds welcome. Be friendly.
Employment Application Anyone to be hired and compensated by the club needs to fill this out.
IRS W-4 for all employees Employees must fill out this form for federal withholding.
RULES / REGULATIONS / LAWS and other information
Real Poker APT Event Log Form captures all data (TD use).
2018 Amusement Gambling Registration with AZ Attorney General
Real Poker LLC Operating Agreement (Draft) To be reviewed by the Final Table and executed by LLC members.
Real Poker LLC Policies and Procedured (Draft) For event staff.
Spousal Exclusion Form For listed Real Poker LLC owners as provided in the original or amended Articles of Organization filed with the Arizona Corporation Commission. Legal ownership is open to any member who has made the prerequisite $200 in aggregate capital contributions to the Club, and this form protects Members "marital property" by excluding a spouse and joint marriage property from the LLC ownership interest.
AZ Attorney General: 2014 "Sober Poker" Registration by Mesa AA
AZ Attorney General: Our first “Green light" Letter (2015)
Bob Ciaffone (White Paper): Comparative Study of State Laws on Social Gambling
MEDIA (Press releases and links to archived articles)
Real Poker LLC Press Releases:
Nov 19, 2018 -
Grand Opening December 2018, Membership Drive, $1K public freeroll
Nov 29, 2018 - Real Poker Election Results
Nov 30, 2018 - Real Poker’s Amusement Gambling Poker Touranments
Other Articles of Interest:
Phoenix New Times: US Chess Championship is Illegal...
Phoenix NIGC office: Lance Vallo - ADoG doesn’t monitor AZ Tribal poker rooms
PodCast - House of Cards interview: Early concept of amusement gambling events
AZ Central: Retired Judge (Harold Lee) Betting That His Poker Room Is Legal (1/18/08)
Poker News: Judge Vows Poker Rooms are Legal (1/20/08)
CardPlayer Magazine: Former AZ Judge May be Charged for Poker Room ( 2/1/08)
AZ Republic: Defiant Former Judge Continues to Call Law's Bluff (6/14/08)
Indianz.com PascuaYaqui Tribe sues to shut down Cardroom (8/20/08)
AZ Republic: Calling law's bluff, poker parlors expanding (4/4/09)
Phoenix New Times: Judge Bud Lee Would Rather Go to Jail Than Give Up His Fight for Off-Res Poker (4/16/09)
Phoenix New Times: Judge Harold Lee and his 501c3 ICGPA.org convicted (2/6/12)
Phoenix New Times: Barely Notice By The Cops... (12/13/12)
CBS 5: Adam Longo - "Poker for Profit" Social Gambling Gray Market (2012)
Phoenix New Times: West Valley Rooms Raided (12/14/13)
Phoenix New Times: Aces Cracked Operator Criticizes War on Allegedly Illegal Gaming (6/20/14)
Phoenix New Times: Internet Café Raided (06/25/15)
Phoenix New Times: Crackdown on WiFi Cafés in AZ (09/10/15)
CardPlayer Magazine: Poker Union Raided (8/12/16)
Youtube: 36 cardrooms operating in the Valley (early shenanigans)
Indian Gaming and Bad Faith Negotiations (19p Journal of Legislation Article, 1/1/1999 - Post Seminole)
AZ Lottery Report/Study - 6/30/2003 - Problem Gambling in AZ
Exerpt from Lottery Report (Reasons for gambling other than gambling purposes)
Many poker advocates have been banned repeatedly on 2+2 forums...
Rich Muny (of the PPA) had to close this thread down (432 p). Great bathroom reading!
Blackjack Forum Article - Card Cheats and Cross Roaders Converge on AZ Social Gambling Scene (1988).
Casino Arizona’s Poker Room Forum - Interesting History of Social Gambling in AZ (2009)