Pennsylvania Superior Court overrules ruling on poker

Posted by Steve Ruddock on Mar 29, 2010 Posted in Legal Poker News | No Comments »

What was a major victory for poker proponents around the United States has been overturned by the Pennsylvania Superior Court. In September 2008 two Pennsylvania residents were arrested for running an “Illegal” poker game in their garage even though no money was taken for the house.

When the case came to trial a County Judge ruled that the defendants, Walter Watkins and Diane Dent, were not guilty because poker was a game where skill is more prevalent than luck. Unfortunately, for both the defendants and the poker community as a whole, the district attorney appealed the ruling to the Superior Court.

Judge Thomas A. James ruled that poker was indeed gambling, and the lower court’s ruling was wrong. There is no word yet on whether the defendants will appeal this latest ruling, which would take the case all the way to the State Supreme Court.


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