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New Illinois law will force bar owners to dig deeper into their pockets for poker runs

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Poker runs are a popular way for bikers to raise money for charitable events.

But, because of a new Illinois state law starting in January, organizers will have to dig deeper in their pockets to participate.

The rules of a poker run are simple.

Bikers travel to a series of five locations, typically bars, where each participant draws a card at each stop.

This becomes the biker's poker hand. In the end the best poker hand wins prizes.

TNT Action Sports owner Bryan Smith hosts poker runs each year and says it's a fun way to give back to the community.

"We live here. Okay, the community is where we live. We do great business here in this community so we have to give back to it. Not only through the taxes that we pay and we have to realize there's a lot less fortunate people in the world and the more you can help them the better off you are," said Smith.

But, starting in January poker runs will fall under the Charitable Games Act in Illinois, which would require participating bars to obtain a license ranging from $50 to $100.

"In the long run, we'll get some creative minds behind it and probably come up with some alternative ways to raise money for the community," said Smith.

Several bar owners in Quincy say the license fee is not fair because these events are held for charity.

And Smith agrees, and he says he doesn't understand.

"To have a fee to help take care of the community really baffles me. I don't understand where the state is coming from on this," said Smith.

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