Indiana Gaming Commission
Black Friday took much away from a large amount of undeserving people. And now that most players can no longer enjoy the game they love in front of the computer they are beginning to turn to small games with friends in the comfort of their home. These games go on everywhere all over the United States and the world and are, for the most part, harmless both in the eyes of their patrons and law enforcement. The Indiana Gaming Commission advocates for these small games because the gaming commission is obviously in support of these games, but there are numerous offenders that are taking these small home games and letting them snowball out of control. These people are who the IGC is targeting.
The IGC uses a special task force called the Gaming Control Division to seek out and destroy large illegal gambling operations. This enforcement team was established in 2007 and has had a fairly succesful track record to date. The 40 arrests that the Control Division has made since 2007 seems like a small mark, but finding these operations is not the easiest task to take on. They are especially seeking out electronic machines such as slot machines and as of last January they had seized over 5000 of these electronic games.
The IGC does does not anticipate these home games escalating into a problem, but they also state that the point when you cross over the threshold and begin breaking the law is clear. Poker games played in a private residence are perfectly legal up until the point that the house owner(s)/operator(s) collect rake from the games. This collecting of rake is what has put some people behind bars in the past few years. They simply ask that patrons be aware of their actions as to not land themselves into any trouble.
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