To the editor:

Just some personal thoughts on the cancellation of the Texas Hold ’em Tournament at the Brownwood Feels like Home Reunion.

Yes, before I get started, I was pre-registered in the tournament.

According to the Brownwood Bulletin the game was called off due to questions of it being legal. The organizers looked into the possibility of holding the tournament and were under the impression that if it was a private game, by invitation only, and the organizers did not take any part of the proceeds and all moneys were returned to the players this hugely popular game would be legal.

I am not for certain, but I heard from another person (who entered) that there were about 350 people signed up to play when he turned in his entry form. People were still signing up daily he was told.

A few dozen phone calls were made to the Brown County Attorney’s office questioning if the game was legal.

District Attorney Micheal Murray was not under the impression the tournament was legal. Mr. Murray said, “I don’t think you can ipso facto make something private by calling it private.”

The tournament was going to be “at a location that was not disclosed to the public and was blocked from view.”

That sounds sorta private to me .

A suggestion to next year’s Reunion organizers: If you try to hold a tournament next year and I hope you do, call it a “closed tournament.”

Reason being, our city fathers hold meetings that are either open to the public or “closed” to public and these sessions are legal. Or maybe Mr. Murray should check and see if the city council can ipso facto the sessions closed by calling them closed.

Let’s take a minute to do a little comparison. Lets just assume you have two games that are played by the following rules:

No. 1 comparison — In both games the more players you have the bigger return you get for your money so of course let’s seat as many players as possible.

No. 2 comparison — In both games you use cards.

No. 3 comparison — In both games you use money.

No. 4 comparison — In both games cards have numbers on them.

No. 5 comparison — In both games if you have the best cards you win some money

No. 6 comparison — In both games if you don’t have the best cards you lose some money.

No. 7 comparison — In both games, it’s a chance. You are NOT assured of getting all of your money back every time you play (also reminds me of some of the stocks in my IRA account).

No. 8 comparison — During these games you have a chance to visit with other players, and find out there are people playing that are as different as night and day, or as much alike as two peas in a pod.

No. 9 comparison — Both games are hugely popular.

No. 10 comparison — Both of theses games have names that consist of five letters.

One of these games is considered illegal. With a misdemeanor charge possible.

One of these games is considered legal. With church sponsorship sometimes.

I think by now you can figure out the two games. One is called poker and one is called bingo.

I couldn’t play one of these private games today because it might be illegal, as few dozen “concerned citizens” called about.

I am going to play the other game tonight that’s open to the public. Would bet you I don’t come home with all my money, but betting is considered illegal isn’t it, after all one of us would lose some money on that bet.

Ed Coleman