Originally Posted by slimline
the great USA land of the free. you can buy an ak47 over the counter. but you can,t play a game of poker. pmsl u guys kill me.
The legal situation regarding live poker in the USA is actually very similar to the one in lots of other countries around the world. You're typically allowed to play poker, for real money
, you're just not allowed to charge people a rake for playing in the game.
I know that's pretty much exactly the situation in Australia
, with the exception that there's some additional restrictions on what you can do on a liquor licensed / commercial premises.
Regarding OP's original question, Charade has the right answer. If you're serious about opening a serious poker room, then you seriously, SERIOUSLY need to consult a serious attorney. Seriously. Advice from random people on an internet forum just won't cut it.