Saturday, November 10, 2007

Cribbage "criminals" of the WWII generation...

From the Boston Channel:
"GARDINER, Maine -- A weekly cribbage tournament at an American Legion post has been shut down after a state inspector said the games were illegal because the post didn't have a license to host games of chance.

Bill Meserve, an 87-year-old World War II veteran, said paying the $5 entry fee on Sundays was an inexpensive way to have fun on a fixed income. He can't understand why anyone would tell a bunch of old veterans they can't play a simple game of cribbage. "We're just having fun.

Where else can you go and spend three hours having fun for five dollars," he said. "You can't go to the movies for five dollars." A number of inspectors regularly visit establishments to check for unlicensed games such as games of chance, card games or money wheels, said Maine State Police Sgt. William Gomane.

The American Legion needs a license to hold cribbage tournaments because it sells things to players, such as food and alcohol, he said. A license for games of chance costs $15 a week or $60 or month, while a yearly license goes for $700, he said."

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