Winning Hand for Poker Advocates

This week, a federal judge ruled that poker is more a game of skill than chance. The decision is a victory for poker advocates who are pushing to legalize internet poker in the U.S. The judge relied extensively on the findings of a defense expert who analyzed online poker games.

The ruling overturned the July conviction of a man charged with conspiring to operate an illegal underground poker club, a business featuring Texas Hold'em games. "Because the poker played on the defendant's premises is not predominately a game of chance, it is not gambling" as defined in the federal law, the judge wrote in a lengthy decision that traced the history of poker and federal laws to combat illegal gambling.

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