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The club is raising money for lawyers and its April showdown with the city of Portland. Maybe you've never played poker or hate gambling. The players are ethnically diverse but nearly all male. Department of Justice shut down the three biggest online poker sites, leaving players throughout the U. Then Rask voiced concerns about the all-cash business to the Internal Revenue Service, the Oregon departments of Justice and Revenue, and city officials, including the Portland Police Bureau. He bought padded leather chairs and stocked top-shelf liquor. It was his own dealers. Dusty curtains cover the windows, and worn linoleum covers the floors. Portland clubs were taking business away from card rooms in La Center. Encore had as many as 50 dealers working regularly at the club, records show. Ogai's mother told a responding officer that for the previous month, Ogai had been severely depressed since "his business, the Encore Poker Club, had been shut down.{/INSERTKEYS}{/PARAGRAPH} They draw an estimated to hardcore players, and thousands more who play semi-regularly. Evgeny "John" Ogai was a lousy poker player. It was up to them whether they reported their income to the IRS. Next month, Portland poker goes on trial at a city hearing, where Portland's two biggest clubs will for the first time formally address the conflict between what's allowed and what's actually happening. Little more than a month after Encore shut down, Vetter, Ojai's friend, delivered stunning news on a 1,member Facebook page for local poker players: Ogai was dead. After graduating from Portland State University in with a degree in information technology, Ogai sold used computers online, brokered real estate, launched an internet startup for language translation, and tried to perfect a dating app. He killed himself last year after losing a legal battle that put his club out of business. Ogai's success inspired competitors. Typical of Ogai's bluntness was an email exchange with a former Encore waitress named Kristen Shull, who questioned his management style. The dispute mirrors similar worker battles in Oregon—including fights waged by strippers, yoga instructors and Uber drivers. A uniformed security guard watches the door, aware that there are tens of thousands of dollars in cash on the premises. George Teeny, who owns two La Center card rooms, hired Portland lawyer Thomas Rask and a team of lobbyists, who went to Salem and argued that the Portland poker clubs were breaking the law. Typical of the responses was a May 5, , email from Capt. Previously, city licensing staff had responded to complaints about poker clubs in a piecemeal fashion, but now they jumped on the issue of professional dealers. A recent Friday night at Final Table, the biggest poker club in East Portland, illustrates the paradox. But more important was his decision to organize big-dollar tournaments, which attracted hundreds of players. When there's a workplace dispute, BOLI decides the case. Numerous players say Ogai revolutionized the business when he opened Encore. Although Oregon law prohibits non-tribal casino gambling, in state lawmakers passed a "social gaming" statute to allow nonprofits and private clubs to host poker games. But the issues facing Portland's 13 licensed poker clubs illustrate the dilemmas of the "gig economy," which is characterized by short-term contracts and freelance work. Ogai had no criminal record, although documents show Portland police investigated a rape accusation against him in September The case was dropped when the alleged victim stopped cooperating. Televised coverage of the World Series of Poker had generated national interest, catapulting Texas Hold 'em beyond casual games and some illegal, big-money games between serious players. But Ogai, the man who did more than anybody to popularize poker in this town, won't be there. His wasn't the first poker club in Portland, but it was the first to draw big crowds. One of them involves dealers. Before Portland began licensing poker clubs, players seeking a legal game had to drive to card rooms in La Center, Wash. The early Portland clubs were sketchy, attracted few customers and had a high failure rate. But the fact that Ogai controlled who worked, when they worked and how much they got paid made them employees under the law. BOLI acknowledged that dealers were not on the poker club's payroll. More than a dozen poker rooms have operated in Portland since —a little slice of Vegas in Stumptown. Not Encore. Although licensed, Encore and other poker clubs appear to have operated in violation of the law for years, thanks to inattentive regulators. She posted his reply on Facebook. They introduced a bill to limit poker rooms to nonprofits, such as an Elks Lodge or American Legion chapter, but it went nowhere. BOLI's ruling had an impact on the city of Portland. There's little decoration other than a framed poster of James Dean that reads, "The only greatness for man is immortality. But lobbyist Geoff Sugerman, who helped Ogai derail a bill that would have killed poker outright, says laws prohibiting willing participants from competing against each other in a game of skill are the problem. Professional dealers manage what can be a complex and contentious game without having a financial interest in who wins. That's painful if you're a regular who comes in a dozen times a month, and many do. They will lock in at the tables for eight hours or more, drifting away occasionally for a smoke, a restroom break or an ATM infusion. Ogai offered the same experience, but right here in Portland. Competitors say the appropriate response is clear—shut them down. Across Portland, a handful of the city's licensed poker clubs are following Ogai's focus on tournaments. Please support the city we love by joining our membership program, Friends of Willamette Week. But the fact is, Rask was right. Like other businesses that operate in gray areas—such as cannabis before legalization, and Airbnb today—poker clubs' existence raises a question: If companies operate outside the law, is that a reflection of poor enforcement or archaic laws? State law specifies that the game has to be "between players," meaning there cannot be professional dealers like the ones casinos employ. Ogai went upscale. By , Encore and other Portland clubs were booming. He even sued the city for failing to enforce its ordinances but lost at the trial, appeal and Oregon Supreme Court level. Part of his success certainly stemmed from having an attractive club in a central location. The report puzzled the poker community—Ogai was a trim and vigorous 38 years old. The clubs are also—according to interviews with players, recent city inspections and a reporter's observations—breaking numerous laws. Oregon law pertaining to poker is complicated, but the upshot is pretty clear: Poker clubs can exist if they follow certain rules. Typically, poker players focus on playing, not dealing. Professional dealers shuttle from table to table, carrying their own decks and seat cushions. {PARAGRAPH}{INSERTKEYS}Our need for strong and independent local journalism is more urgent now than ever. UFC brawlers battle silently on big screens lining the walls. After the agency investigated the dispute at Encore, it concluded dealers were in fact employees. He called the drink 'Sex. Illogical as it may seem, the clubs are both legal and yet operating illegally. That's where he got his start in poker, running an unlicensed game. After visiting Las Vegas nearly a decade ago, Ogai, a slight, intense Russian-born entrepreneur, saw an opportunity. The question of who is and isn't an employee is at the heart of the gig economy, in which workers enjoy more freedom but have fewer legal protections. Online players migrated to the clubs, and Encore's tournaments grew ever larger. Portland poker faces extinction because of a lethal combination—aggrieved competitors across the Columbia River and energized government regulators who have finally mastered a legal framework more complicated than the permutations of Portland's poker game of choice, Texas Hold 'em. Our readers rely on our comprehensive news reporting. I play hard," Ogai wrote. Rask pleaded his case to state lawmakers. He became the first in Portland to capitalize on tournament poker, attracting a large and regular group of players to Encore. He spoke with an accent and was often blunt to the point of rudeness. In the end, however, it wasn't Ogai's competitors that brought him down. In , one of them filed a complaint with the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries, claiming Ogai owed him back pay and overtime. Unlike the shadowy underground clubs featured in movies such as Rounders , Portland poker clubs are licensed by the city and the Oregon Liquor Control Commission and operate out in the open. Portland started licensing poker clubs in Williams adds that her bureau expected the clubs to follow the law. He said he'd scrupulously followed city rules, "including their explicit ban on hiring dealers as employees. Yet more than anyone, he established the game in Portland. Ogai had a steady flow of door fees and captive customers for his bar and grill. And, crucial to his success, he didn't charge players a per-hand tax known as "the rake" see "Raked," page April 15, , is known among serious poker players as "Black Friday. Ogai frequented high-end restaurants like El Gaucho and Andina. Poker clubs are not allowed to employ them. As the clock ticks toward midnight March 3, nearly players fill a room that smells like a mixture of air freshener, fear and fryer grease. That showdown has been inevitable since the city began licensing clubs in , because poker is in direct conflict with numerous city and state legal prohibitions see "House Rules," below. Yet officials say nearly everything about them regularly violates city ordinances and state law. Ogai took what he learned about poker at the Six Point Inn and applied for a social gaming license in , soon after the city opened the door to poker clubs.