Wichita to fundraisers, businesses: Poker is gambling, and gambling is illegal

Recent complaints about poker games are prompting the city of Wichita, law enforcement and other government officials to take a closer look at businesses that market themselves as poker rooms and at charity events that use the pastime to raise cash for causes.

The city said last week that in recent days it had notified at least two local businesses and two facilities it owns that playing poker — including for charitable events — is illegal under state law and city ordinance.

Wichita city attorney and director of law Jennifer Magana said the possibility of unlawful gaming taking place at the two businesses that used the term “poker room” in their names came to the city’s attention when one applied for a new liquor license and the other applied for a renewal.

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