Public Safety

New terms and conditions for charitable Texas Hold'em tournaments (09/11/19)

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Nov. 19, 2009

FREDERICTON (CNB) - The provincial government is improving the terms and conditions for charitable Texas Hold'em poker tournaments, acting on feedback from charitable organizations.

When the government introduced its Responsible Gaming Policy, it made a commitment to review the terms and conditions for charitable Texas Hold'em poker tournaments after one year of operation.

The Department of Public Safety subsequently sent surveys to 467 charitable organizations during the summer of 2009 for their input on how to improve the program.

Public Safety Minister and Solicitor General John W. Foran said that the level of participation from organizations was impressive.

"We have listened to the suggestions from charitable organizations, and we are putting them into action," Foran said. "By doing this, we are fulfilling our commitment to improve the rules for charitable Texas Hold'em poker tournaments so that charities may take better advantage of the program."

Some of the changes include increasing the allowable percentage of gross revenue for prizes, and increasing the number of allowable participants per event. More information on the changes may be found on the Department of Public Safety website.

"These changes will help promote participation in these charitable events, which means charities have the opportunity to collect more money for their causes," Foran said.

Information about obtaining a licence to hold a charitable Texas Hold'em poker tournament is available online.


MEDIA CONTACT: Meghan Cumby, communications, Department of Public Safety, 506-444-5267.