Quinn Signs "Poker Run" Law

Jun 10, 2014

Charity Poker Runs are now under the control of local county governments in Illinois.

IL Gov. Pat Quinn signs law in Marion on Tuesday changing how Poker Runs are licensed in the state.
Credit WSIU Radio

Governor Pat Quinn signed the Poker Runs law Tuesday at Black Diamond Harley-Davidson in Marion.  The law simplifies the permitting process and reduces the fee to a maximum of 25-dollars. Previously Poker runs were regulated by the state and cost as much as 600-dollars for a single permit.   Now they will be treated like a raffle.

Pokers Runs typically involve five pre-determined stops where participants draw a playing card or a colored marble in an effort to build a winning poker  hand.  Pokers Runs are common throughout the state.   State Senator Gary Forby of Benton says as many as 10-poker runs occur each week in southern Illinois and generate anywhere from $2,000 to $20,000 for local causes.

The law takes effect immediately.