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Federal judge: poker machines ordered removed from Ho-Chunk casino in Madison

Video Poker (courtesy of Flickr)
Video Poker (courtesy of Flickr)

MADISON, Wis (WSAU-Wheeler News) The Ho-Chunk Indian tribe has been ordered to remove video poker games from its casino in Madison.

Federal Judge Barbara Crabb ruled yesterday that the games do not meet the terms of the facility's gaming compact with the state. The Madison casino has a lower legal classification of games than other Indian casinos throughout Wisconsin. The tribe contended that the Poker-Pro video game was legal, because players bet against each other instead of the house. The state Justice Department said the game was too high of classification to be offered at Madison, and it filed suit to have it removed.

Judge Crabb ordered the games to be shut down within 30 days after any possible appeals are completed.

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