North Carolina Governor Vetoes Poker Bill

Publish: 06.08.2017

Roy Cooper decided to place a veto on a charity poker bill after concerns were raised over video poker.

New Bill Vetoed

Governor of North Carolina vetoes a law that was meant to legalize charity-run gambling in the state as he stands firmly against machine gambling.

The charity poker bill was convincingly accepted by 76-32 by the House and 27-15 by the Senate but Roy Cooper opposed the legislators claiming that legitimizing charitable gaming would provide video gaming with a new way to infiltrate North Carolina communities.

The Bill 511 was asking for charities and non-profits with a liquor license to be given a permission to host ‘game nights’ – four times a year.

Cooper will not stand in favor of the state ‘masquerading’ the industry through a charity façade, which would ultimately cause unintended permits to be issued. This way, without tough criminal penalties the enforcement of the law would be extremely difficult, he believes.

Poker and Games

The North Carolina poker Bill stipulated game night events could have been allowed – including poker, online roulette, blackjack, and craps, but also simulated horse racing and ‘merchandise wheel of fortune’.

Despite the seemingly significant breakthrough, no games would have been played for real cash. They would only be allowed through a raffle with chips exchangeable for tickets. The bill ultimately got rejected because the governor found it to resemble gambling too much.

Card players from North Carolina do not need to be upset about the latest development, however, as the state continues to work with two casinos despite the veto.

Those are Harrah’s Cherokee Casino and Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River Casino.

The latter of the two operates for only two years, whereas the first one boasts a 20-table poker room, making it the only one of this kind in the North Carolina state.