Pennsylvania Judge: Poker is a game of skill, not gambling


Keep winning this amount.
Mar 10, 2005
Hopefully other states will see cases like this and come back with the same decision....

Personally, I can't wait for card rooms to start opening all around Pennsylvania, and for the slots-only "casinos" to start offering live poker games. It's a hell of a lot closer for me to visit these, compared with driving to AC. :D

Writing for the on-line Poker News Daily, Dan Cypra reports a Pennsylvania judge on Friday ruled that Texas Hold Em is a game of skill and therefore not gambling under state law.

The distinction is important and the decision, if upheld, is expected to be cited in other courtrooms in other states in the future as prosecutors and card-dealing defendants increasingly face off over
what is unlawful gambling, and what is not.

That question is particularly critical under the federal Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act approved by Congress in 2006. That controversial federal law leaves it to the states to determine the definition of unlawful gambling within their borders. Most state laws already make a sharp distinction between "games of chance" and "games of skill."

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Jun 3, 2006
Hell on Earth
The fact that Poker is a game of Skill has become a judicial precedent now.
This case can now be used in other legal cases.

This makes it far far far more difficult for anyone to prove "in a court of law" that Poker is not a game skill.

Note: Now it has to be proven poker is NOT a game of skill, not the other way around. I understand that Legally this is a very big deal.

BUSH is gone... Is that the sun I just saw... :thumbsup:

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