Nebraska has introduced a bill that would legalise poker at land-based establishments in the state.
State Libertarian Tyson Larson, whose LB 619 bill was posted online, argues that poker is a game of skill.
State law currently prohibits games of chance from being authorised by lawmakers, but the bill would allow bars with liquor licenses and land-based casinos to host poker games.
The bill states: “The Legislature finds that:
“(a) Certain poker games require skill and players that are able to develop that skill may become professional poker players.
“(b) While poker does have a random component in the cards that players are dealt, there is more skill than luck for successful poker players in games where the player implements a strategy by making decisions that influence the other players and ultimately the game's outcome.”
Non-profit organisations would also be able to appeal for licences and purchase a special short-term permit, with permitted games taxed at 5% of the money at stake in cash games and tournaments.
The bill is designed to help alleviate high property taxes and fund local governments by splitting poker tax proceeds 50/49%.