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I live in Texas, I am starting a private club (with monthly

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I live in Texas, I am starting a private club (with monthly membership dues) this club is being formed to improve social welfare in America. this private club is meeting weekly and afterwards I am planning on holding a poker tournament. I know the Texas law in regards XXXXX XXXXX I have read it many times. I just need help with it in regards XXXXX XXXXX terms. so please do not just copy and paste the law like the last lawyer did. I THINK these poker tournaments are legal because
A) The game is in a private place (Members Only)
B) The house does not make a profit off the game (no money is needed for the buy-in and only prizes are being won)
C) it's a clean, fair game.

The biggest question is, what is considered a "private place" my assumption correct that because this tournament is only avail. to members that it is a "private place"?....

Thank you
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Business Law
Expert:  Law Educator, Esq. replied 6 years ago.
First, if you have a private club, you can form a 501c LLC under the IRS rules and then as a non-profit private club the games are legal and as long as it is a private club, non-profit and the house makes no profit from the game it is legal. The private place is one where only members have access.

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