Parking Lot Sale Success!


The staff of the Reno Problem Gambling Center (pictured here: Denise Quirk, Colin Hodgen on the right and George Howell on the left) wish to thank you for your generous support of our second annual Parking Lot fundraiser, held at the RPGC on Friday and Saturday, October 19 and 20, 2012. 


Noticeably present were our Board of Directors, including Judy Cornelius, Shirley Rodgers, Debra Robinson, Joshua Woodbury, and several of our new volunteers.  We are grateful for the volunteer time, strength, and personal donations each of the staff, directors and volunteers gave for weeks ahead of the event and for many hours on Friday and Saturday.  Our UNR volunteers were very busy leading up to the event picking up donations, making calls, loading and unloading the POD in our back parking lot, and making terrific sales, all of which made for a successful fundraiser.  We can presently claim a $1627.00 profit, fully $400 over last year’s fundraiser, and we’re not done yet!  Two of our big items, a large telescope and a brand-new microwave/convection oven, are going to be listed on Craigslist this week (you may find them under the Reno/Tahoe Craigslist heading of “For Sale, Appliances and Toys & Games.”)  Those of you interested in either of those items may certainly call Denise or George at 284-5335 and come by and see them at the RPGC when we return from the Thanksgiving holiday.


We are very thankful for all of our donors, helpers, friends and family who support us and help us towards our vision of raising awareness and helping families affected by problem gambling.  Thank you and  may your Thanksgiving bring many wonderful blessings to you!


Denise F. Quirk, CEO and Clinical Director





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Gambling in the News, by Denise F. Quirk

The Wall Street Journal writer Alexandra Berzon does a wonderful job following the scent of anything having to do with gambling from her post in Los Angeles.  On August 23, 2012 she reported in the Journal that a “U.S. Judge Gives Poker a Break: A Ruling That Game Doesn’t Qualify as Gambling is Boost for Push to Legalize it Online.”  Did you happen to hear about this and wonder what it meant?  The staff at the RPGC certainly did, and thanks to some quick research by Colin Hodgen, we discovered that the ruling had to do with a federal judge taking a position on the gaming laws of the State of New York.   


At the end of the day, playing poker in a warehouse in New York was not found to be a form of illegal gambling, and the defendant could not be indicted for the charge of a gambling crime (operating an illegal poker establishment).  The judge said that “poker isn’t predominated by chance, which is a common legal definition of gambling.”  Judge Jack Weinsten believed there was more skill than chance involved in playing Texas Hold ‘Em.  The expert witness who explained his version of poker playing (Heeb) is an economist, statistician, and poker player. The federal judge’s decision to overturn the state’s indictment also noted exactly what the federal statute describes as gambling:  “includ[ing] but . . . not limited to pool-selling, bookmaking, maintaining slot machines, roulette wheels or dice tables, and conducting lotteries, policy, bolita or numbers games, or selling chances therein.”  Interesting, isn’t it?  If your ancient legislators didn’t put “Texas Hold ‘Em” or other forms of Poker in the books, it’s not officially gambling?   (The link to the entire legal decision is :


Several times in this decision, Judge Weinstein made reference to poker being “predominantly a game of skill.”  I take a different view, and refer you to the Gamblers Anonymous definition of gambling, which you can find at


“Any betting or wagering, for self or others, whether for money or not, no matter how slight or insignificant, where the outcome is uncertain or depends upon chance or “skill” constitutes gambling.”


Granted, a compulsive gambler is someone addicted to gambling.  In this article, a person playing poker with friends is not necessarily addicted.  At issue, to me, is the definition of gambling, and when it becomes a problem.  While many of us grew up playing gambling-type games, most of us knew there was a limit, some risk, and always chance involved.  Very few of us would delude ourselves into believing we could “out-skill” someone…that is, unless we were addicted ourselves and in that “dream world” of a compulsive gambler.   I am disappointed that Judge Weinstein chose to listen to the advice of a professional gambler and choose words like “skill” over “chance.”  I’m confused that he claims poker is not only a different kind of gambling, but in his opinion, not gambling at all.  Like I said, I respectfully disagree.

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Did you know… you can get great prices on all your office supplies, have them delivered conveniently to your door in as fast as two business days, and have a portion of each sale go to support the RPGC?  It's true!  The RPGC has partnered with It's My Community Store to help raise funds and support our efforts to help those with gambling problems.



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Reno Problem Gambling Center

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Reno, NV 89509

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