Gov. Chris Sununu signed HB 164, which legalizes private, at-home poker games.
The host cannot take a cut of the winnings or charge for seats, the game cannot be publicly advertised, and there can be no more than ten players.
Bill supporters noted that people already regularly play poker at home. They argued the standing misdemeanor penalty for private poker games was unreasonable.
Bill opponents advocated for some limits on the wagers players can make in poker in private residences. They believe HB 164 fuels problem gambling and opens a door to underground gambling rings.
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