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Real Poker LLC is an extension of our collective home games and leagues, pooling our resources to purchase the best tables, chips and cards we can. Under the amusement gambling exclusion, we conduct our events in private, leased space at popular, neighborhood establishments (such as sports bars) where members can take advantage of food and beverage service. Unlike home games, there’s no need to worry about parking, noise, sleeping kids, cleaning both before and after, or players who can’t deal or don’t pay attention when its their turn to act. Granted, poker is a social game – some have even dubbed it “the new golf” – but a dedicated, non-participating dealer is essential to keep an already slow games moving, even among the best of friends. A dealer is what’s missing in competitive home games and social leagues. The amusement gambling exclusion fills that void.
Operating as a not-for-profit, member-managed Arizona limited liability company, Real Poker is a 501c7 membership social club, with the exempt purpose of “the proliferation of poker throughout Arizona”, including those seven (of 15) counties that do not have access to a professionally-dealt, traditional poker tournament. Real Poker allows members to enjoy regular, competitive poker tournaments utilizing professional, non-participating dealers – that crucial element missing from our social home games and leagues. Our entertainment events typically include a pre-game meal and a general club meeting, sometimes a seminar, and always a traditional poker tournament with a guaranteed minimum cash prize pool, and projection based on the number of entries (i.e., $60 registration, $500 guaranteed prize pool projected to $800 with 18 players).
To outsiders, Real Poker may look like “free pub poker”, which is one of the reasons why we differentiate ourselves with our name. We do not want Real Poker to be confused with social gambling, so our tagline proclaims amusement gambling in a social atmosphere. Every year, we continue to provide civil notice to the Attorney General’s office of our operation and regulatory compliance with the annual amusement registration of the Arizona State Poker Player of the Year contest featuring the REAL Arizona State Poker Championship.
The Club manages a points-race with monthly and annual prizes, and tracks player ratings and provides statistical reports. Real Poker conducts an annual freeroll championship tournament, which also serves as our annual membership drive. We call this event the “REAL Arizona State Poker Championship“, not just because Real Poker is the title sponsor, but also because the event is conducted on Arizona soil – not federal BIA land. The Club hopes to encourage other non-profit poker clubs throughout the State to join us in our grassroots movement to enact change in public policy that reflects the social consensus that not just poker, but cardrooms in general, and daily fantasy sports, and other national sweepstakes and contests can, and should, be properly licensed and taxed as an amusement under Title 5, not confusingly excluded from the criminal code under Title 33 as they are now.
As a private, membership Club, Real Poker keeps member’s tournament poker bankrolls “in house”, where money just changes hands between members participating in a morally neutral mind sport. The true reward is bragging rights for winning the monthly and annual points races or the year-end freeroll Championship. The club awards handsome trophies and cash prizes for the winners of these annual titles.
As a democratic co-operative, the members collectively own and operate the club. Retained earnings, if any, are donated to qualified charitable organizations and for the public benefit at large through our annual freeroll event, where we disburse all retained earnings, if any, to maintain a zero-balance as a civil and social, exempt organization. Real Poker operates with open books and complete transparency.
Real Poker is “your home game away from home”.
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Real Poker paves the way for a federation of non-profit poker clubs throughout Arizona conducting amusement gambling poker tournaments as entertainment events under the intellectual (mind sport) gambling exclusion. The enabling laws required by A.R.S. § 13-3306(b)(i) and A.R.S. § 13-3302 consists of the rules and statutes regulating intellectual amusement gambling pursuant to A.R.S. § 13-3311 and A.R.S. § 13-3301.1(d)iii. Real Poker’s books are open to inspection and all required taxes are paid. All opinions expressed herein are the opinions of private individuals, not an attorney.