It’s Now Legal to Host a Poker Game at Home in Maryland

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This is legal at your house.
This is legal at your house.

Your neighborhood poker game is now safe from the authorities.

As he continues to sign bills that were passed during the annual legislative session, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan approved a measure that makes it legal to host poker games at home or accept the invite of a friend who is hosting– as long as you’re 21. Previously, a home poker game could’ve landed players up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine.

According to CardPlayer, the bill passed unanimously through both houses of the General Assembly.

However, since poker was involved, there was some upping of the ante. One proposal called for the limit of the game’s stakes to be $500, but was later changed to $1,000. Del. Kirill Reznik, who sponsored the bill, showed his hand early by at first proposing a $2,000 limit.



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