An effort to open a school for poker dealers in Umatilla has been rejected by the city council.
The East Oregonian reports (https://is.gd/45o7GJ ) that Troy Lindstrom sought to open the Oregon Dealers Institute of the Northwest, a trade school training students to become professional dealers.
Part of the curriculum would include giving students live experience dealing games where real money was at stake.
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According to minutes from last month’s meeting, the council decided the school would violate zoning rules that forbid gambling as a stand-alone business. The school would have been located in a storefront on Sixth Street.
Lindstrom disagreed with the council’s characterization of the school as a gambling business. Other audience members testified that playing with Monopoly money as suggested would not replicate the stressful environment of a live poker game.