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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.


INVITATION - Members may use to invite guests to events they will also be attending, and recruit new members.

NEW MEMBER BROCHURE - Membership benefits, who we are, what we do and why.

NOT SOCIAL BUT AMUSEMENT - Explains the need for the paradigm shift for poker from the social gambling exclusion for professionally dealt, competitive games, to bona fide amusement contests conducted by a not-for-profit social club.

“ARIZONA POKER” - The cash game experience in a 30m times-up tournament. 1-2NL or other games available with 5+ interest. Single table freezeout. See link for all the details. See the event staff with questions. Play testing now.


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.

AZ Form A-4 for all employees Employees AZ tax withholding.

RULES / REGULATIONS / LAWS and other information

Real Poker APT Event Log Form captures main event data (TD use).

2018 Amusement Gambling Registration with AZ Attorney General’s Office (A) amusement gambling poker tournaments and (B) the Arizona Poker Tour (annualized series of games related to points contest)

Real Poker LLC Operating Agreement

Real Poker LLC Policies and Procedures 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:

Dec 28, 2018 - The Real Arizona State Poker Championship $1,000 Public Freeroll

Nov 30, 2018 - Real Poker’s Amusement Gambling Poker Tournaments

Nov 29, 2018 - Real Poker Election Results

Nov 19, 2018 - Grand Opening December 2018, Membership Drive, $1K public freeroll


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) 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 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 muckracking)

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). From 2012 after Lee's convictions.
Great bathroom reading!

Casino Arizona’s Poker Room Forum - Interesting History of Social Gambling in AZ (2009)

Blackjack Forum Article - Card Cheats and Cross Roaders Converge on AZ Social Gambling Scene (1988).

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© 2018 Real Poker LLC. All Rights Reserved. All opinions expressed
herein are those of private individuals and not an attorney.

Real Poker LLC is a private, membership club operating as a not-for-profit 501c7 (pending) cooperative. Real Poker has created the Arizona Poker Tour as a series of amusement gambling poker tournaments (APGTs) in furtherance of our exempt purpose: the proliferation of the play, understanding, and appreciation of poker in Arizona. This includes, but is not limited to, those 7 of 15 counties without access to a professionally dealt, competitive game.

© 2018 Real Poker LLC. All Rights Reserved. All opinions expressed
herein are those of private individuals and not an attorney.

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