State asks judge to end electronic poker at Dejope

Ho-Chunk continuing to offer game despite arbitrator's ruling
State asks judge to end electronic poker at Dejope

The state of Wisconsin is asking a federal judge to enforce an arbitrator’s ruling that prevents the Ho-Chunk from offering electronic poker at the former Dejope Bingo Hall.

The state said the Ho-Chunk has continued to offer the game despite a ruling from an independent arbitrator last month. The Department of Administration argues the arbitrator’s decision was enforceable immediately. The state argues a compact between it and the tribe calls for the Ho-Chunk to abide by the arbitrator’s decision.

Ho-Chunk Gaming Madison has offered eight electronic poker tables since late in 2010. The State Journal said Dane County voters rejected a referendum in 2004 that would have allowed expanded casino-style gaming.

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