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Illegal Gambling

​Agents with the Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement Division recently learned of a Twin Cities establishment hosting a poker tournament with a required buy in.

Many establishments believe these types of tournaments are legal if there is 100 percent payout or if the proceeds are going to charity, this is not true.

The goal of AGED is to educate the public and we appreciate the establishments understanding and willingness to continue the event without a fee.

Rremember, while it is fine for two friends to place a friendly wager between them, organized sports betting, including sports boards in establishments, is illegal. If you’re giving or accepting money or something of value and you’re paying out prizes, it’s illegal, even if you plan on having 100 percent payout. Establishments not only face criminal charges, but the bars and restaurants where this occurs can face regulatory sanctions, fines, and have their licenses suspended or revoked.remember that while it is fine for two friends to place a friendly wager between them, organized sports betting, including football boards in establishments, is illegal.

If you’re giving or accepting money or something of value and you’re paying out prizes, it’s illegal, even if you plan on having 100 percent payout. Establishments not only face criminal charges, but the bars and restaurants where this occurs can face regulatory sanctions, fines, and have their licenses suspended or revoked.

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Video Description: With football season underway, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement Division held a news conference to educate consumers on the dangers of making illegal sports bets and discuss what is legal in Minnesota.