Poker Rooms to Disallow Dealers after Portland City Ruling
Poker India | August 24th, 2016 | News And Events
The city of Portland has made a new ruling disallowing dealers and volunteers to deal the cards to players. Instead the players will be dealing the card for themselves if they want to play the game. The letter with the ruling has been sent to 15 poker rooms in the city after getting complaints from volunteer dealers who are not getting their minimum wage even at the for- profit rooms.
Oregon constitution has a prohibition on non-tribal casinos which disallows them to make profit via rake. So, the dealers who used to earn tips instead of wages are not allowed to get their minimum wages because of the same. The clubs are forced to get their revenue from entry fees, food and drink sales. As dealers can’t be an employee or a volunteer according the Portland’s new ruling, this is a big blow for most of the poker rooms in the area.
Any player who has an experience of playing on poker rooms may know how hard it can get to deal cards between games and also to concentrate on the strategy too. With this ruling, the Encore Poker Club at Northwest Portland has shut down its operations whereas two of the largest poker rooms, Final Table and Portland Meadows are still using their own permanent dealers. The remaining 12 poker rooms have agreed to the ruling.