Proposed Initiative #90
Current Colorado charitable gaming laws allow bingo and raffles, but it is currently unlawful to solicit funds to participate in charity poker tournaments. This law, known as the ‘Bingo and Raffles Law’, restricts non-profit organizations from reaching thousands of Coloradans who would be interested in playing in a poker tournament in support of a good cause.
Why it Matters:
Adding poker tournaments to the current ‘Bingo and Raffles Law’ would provide charity organizations with a new option for legal fundraising. Poker tournaments, defined as a tournament where players compete against one another by playing poker with playing cards, are entered by players paying a fixed buy-in. At the start of play, players are given a certain quantity of tournament poker chips. Venues may charge a separate fee or withhold a small portion of the buy-in as the cost of running the event. If Colorado non-profits were allowed to offer poker tournaments, they would benefit from significant funding that is being left on the table under the current law.
A petition, which was submitted and approved by Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams and is in circulation for signatures, calls for a change to the Colorado Revised Statutes concerning the addition of ‘poker tournament’ to the current definitions of ‘charitable gaming’ and ‘game of chance’ in the ‘Bingo and Raffles Law’. This would allow for non-profit organizations to offer another popular avenue for Colorado citizens to support their cause.
To meet the goal of adding this initiative to the November 2016 ballot, a required 98,472 signatures must be collected and filed with Colorado Secretary of State by August 8, 2016. Then, it will be up to the voters to pass or reject this initiative.
How to Support:
Non-profit organizations can support the cause by circulating the petition to their members for signatures and encouraging Colorado lawmakers to consider this new and lucrative avenue for the state’s non-profits to raise much-needed funding.
If you would like more information about this issue and how you can help, please contact Robin Jones at 719-290-5880 or via email at email@example.com.
“With Legal Charity Poker Tournaments, We All Win”
Please support Proposed Initiative #90 Shall there be a change to the Colorado Revised Statutes concerning the addition of “poker tournament” to the current definitions of “charitable gaming” and “game of chance” in the “Bingo and Raffles Law”?
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