KCSO says it's using 2006 Attorney General's opinion as guidance

KCSO says it's using 2006 Attorney General's opinion as guidance in gambling controversy

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KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The Knox County Sheriff's Office says it is advising people of the state ban on gambling using a 2006 Attorney General's opinion as guidance.

6 News has heard in recent weeks from bars, restaurants and a poker tournament organizer saying the sheriff's office has ordered several poker games stopped.

The sheriff's office says it is looking to an AG opinion that says a tournament is illegal if a participant who pays to play may receive anything of value other than a return of a deposit on chips.

The opinion looked into a scenario where a tournament is held for entertainment purposes only but players lease chips to play.

Restaurants 6 News spoke with insist players pay nothing to participate.


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