Indiana Charity Poker Room Under State Investigation

Another charity poker room in Indiana is under investigation by state regulators. The Indianapolis poker room run by the Northside Knights of Columbus believes the investigation could relate to a disgruntled player who was recently banned from the game.

Last year, the Indiana Gaming Commission launched a similar investigation against a charity poker room operated by the Fraternal Order of Eagles 3512 in nearby Fort Wayne. Regulators busted the poker room for reserving only a small fraction of its revenue for charity.

According to a report from IndyStar.com, The Knights of Columbus could face a similar crackdown. The property grossed nearly $4.4 million last year, $3.75 million of which came from poker. It hosts the biggest charity poker game in Marion County and the second largest in the state after only the game run by the Fraternal Order of Eagles 3512.

The majority of the money in the game goes back to players in the form of prizes. The state Gaming Commission's records show the property's profit on $4.4 million in gross revenue was just $150,000.

The Knights of Columbus say they may have violated technical rules that require them to post “No Tipping” signs and prohibit them from offering free food to gamblers. The group says they did not know the rules and have since corrected these issues.

Gaming Commission deputy director Jenny Reske said the investigation is not criminal though the violations are considered significant and could result in suspension of one or more of the property's gaming licenses.

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