law permit bars and taverns to have up to five video
lottery terminals that offer up to five different
versions of video online poker games. These machines
are the same as regular video gaming devices but are
called lottery terminals because they are regulated
by the state's lottery commission, which receives
a share of each machine's revenues. The machines accept
cash but do not pay out in cash. Instead, they print
out a receipt which must be taken to a cashier.
Oregon has seven
Indian tribes that have casinos in operation. The
closest casino to Portland is Spirit Mountain (800-760-7977),
which is about eighty-five miles away. The only table
games offered in Oregon casinos are online blackjack
games and online poker games, but a full variety of
electronic machines is allowed. The minimum gambling
age is eighteen (twenty-one if liquor is served).
For tourism information call 800-547-7842.
best feature of tournaments is that they give you
a way to experience the rush of no-limit poker without
risking any more than a normal buy-in. At a tournament,
you put yourself in a situation where it's all or
nothing-either you win and take home a hefty prize
or you leave your buy-in behind. Players in tournaments
are often faced with "life-or-death" decisions,
where the turn of a single card can decide not only
a pot but their fate for the whole tournament. You
won't get this kind of fun in any other poker game
or anywhere else in a casino, in my opinion.