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Posted 14 May 2012 by dlbarlowe
An amendment to a bill that passed both houses of Minnesota's state legislature last week may benefit both the Canterbury Park horsemen and the state's Indian gambling interests if Minnesota's Governor, Mark Dayton, signs off on it. The amendment passed the state's Senate by a vote of 44-18 and Minnesota's House of Representatives by a vote of 97-34.
If Dayton approves the measure, both Shakopee's Canterbury Park and the Running Aces Harness Park in Columbus will be able to increase the
At the moment, the online poker scene in Minnesota is similar to those found in other states across the Midwest. But, unlike those who've been blindsided by the government's recent actions, Minnesotans have been here before.
Just a couple years ago, Minnesota was at the center of a swirling anti-poker whirlwind. Citing a federal anti-gambling law from 1961, the state made a major effort to block online poker back in 2009. While this bid initially failed, it provided an eerie foreshadowing to the mess we've found ourselves in today.
For now, while the Minnesota online poker situation is sorted out, there are several brick and mortar destinations currently in operation. One of the largest of these is Minneapolis' Canterbury Park, which features a decent range of stakes and games. While reviewers differ on the merits of their customer service, it remains a viable option for players seeking a table. Diamond Jo, Northern Lights, and Running Aces are a few other venues which also offer poker within the state's borders.
There is a flourishing community of Minnesota online poker players, all of whom were taken aback at the recent government shutdown of the state's biggest poker sites. The good news for them is that, like many other states in the Midwest, the groundwork is there for legal online poker. It's a popular pastime all across the Land of 1,000 Lakes, which could make a potential legislation effort a bit easier for the government to swallow.
So, while the future of Minnesota online poker remains up in the air, there are certainly enough live games to keep things interesting. Players who want to help the cause for internet legalization would do well to come out and support their favorite game at their local casinos, while making it clear to the establishment's officials just how strongly they feel about their rights.