New Poker Game Meets All Legal Gambling Standards
With all the disputes with law enforcement in various jurisdictions over the legality of poker, card enthusiasts have taken to tweaking the game to ensure no laws are broken. The latest version of poker is called Kandu, and it's exactly the same as poker, except for one major difference: the players see the cards face-up.
Kandu is played like Texas Hold'em, or any other poker variant, complete with gambling. The one change is that, after the shuffle, the deck is displayed face up very briefly. This means that the game becomes one of memory, or skill, with no luck involved.
The game was invented by Shawn Riley, co-founder of the World Poker Tour Amateur Poker League. Riley tested the game in Wichita, Kansas, by inviting police to observe and comment. Detectives admitted the game met the standards of law, with one policeman calling Kandu "barely legal."
Riley has opened a business at which his new game is played. To avoid the complications of taking a rake, the house instead charges players to sit at tables, the going rate being twelve dollars an hour.
Peeks at the deck are done so quickly, it is improbable that an ordinary player would get much help from the revelation, but it serves to keep the games on the right side of the law. For those areas of the United States which are so benighted as to not offer casino poker rooms, Kandu may well be a way to gamble without getting raided.
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