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What are the Stakes?
She’s in her 30s, a wife, a mom and a professional worker
in the Twin Cities. And she hosts a regular low-stakes Texas hold ‘em
poker tournament in her home.
Ten players ante up $15 for the night. A winner can make $150 if
everyone stays until the final hand.
"I love it," the woman said. "When we play at our house, we play for
fellowship and a friendly game."
She also plays at a regular Texas hold ‘em tournament at a McLean
County coffeehouse. Profits go to charity. Entry fee ranges from $10 to
$25. Winners can take home $100 and up. Other tournaments are being held
regularly at several Twin City-area bars.
She’s one of 50 million to 80 million Americans of all ages taking
part in the poker craze since high-stakes Texas hold ‘em and celebrity
poker games recently began appearing on TV, according to a recent story
in The Washington Post.
PokerPlus.com, which tracks online gambling, said poker players
wagered more than $130 million at 21 Web sites last month alone.
Experts on problem gambling play their cards close to the vest when
asked if more people playing poker will lead to more gambling addiction.
Some are concerned because of signs they are seeing, including more
college students playing online, long lines at casino poker rooms and
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