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Jack B. Weinstein may well be the hero that poker deserves. This week, the Judge presiding over Federal District Court in Brooklyn ruled that poker is a game more of skill than a game of a chance, so the people that are running home games and the like should not be prosecuted under illegal gambling laws.
“The most skillful professionals earn the same celestial salaries as professional ballplayers,” Judge Weinstein wrote in the mammoth 120-page ruling that did gave context for his decision with a look at poker’s history in the United States along with an analysis of how successful players perform versus random chance. This represents the first time that a Federal court has ever ruled directly on whether or not poker was gambling.
John Pappas, executive director of the Poker Player’s Alliance, had filed an amicus brief in the case. After Judge Weinstein’s decision was handed down, issued this statement: “As we worked for years defending players against vague gambling laws, we have patiently waited for the right opportunity to raise the issue in federal court. Today’s federal court ruling is a major victory for the game of poker and the millions of Americans who enjoy playing it.”
The case in question revolves around Staten Island electronics dealer Lawrence DiCristina and the poker games he ran out of his warehouse. Judge Weinstein’s ruling isn’t binding outside of his judicial district and is subject to appeal, but it’s hard to deny the impact it’s likely to have on the poker landscape, particularly in regards to online gaming.
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