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a game of skill according to Judge
A landmark case has been
heard in Pennsylvania, U.S.A. Judge Thomas James Junior
ruled that poker is a game of skill and this ruling could
set a precedent for the way that the game is seen by the
American legal system.
The case was brought before the judge when the weekly games
of Poker that Walter Watkins and his partner Diane Dent
held win their home turned sour. The couple did not take
a house rake from the games but they did encourage players
to tip the dealer. They were arrested and charged with over
twenty counts of illegal gambling.
A spokesperson from the online pro-Poker group, the Poker
Players Alliance, said of the ruling, “The judge clearly
has an understanding of how Poker is played and this decision
has set an excellent bar for us going forward.”
The case has set a precedent for many ongoing online Poker
trials in the US, where the premise is that all Poker games
are considered as gambling. The latest round of legislature,
the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act may also
be affected by this ruling.
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