Pokernews.com reports that a Pennsylvania judge has ruled that poker is a game of skill. His ruling dismissed a case in which Walter Watkins was charged with running an illegal Texas Hold’em game.
Most state anti-gambling laws prohibit games of chance when money is involved. However, games of skill usually have less restrictions.
In issuing his decision, Judge James cited the large number of poker books available, among other factors, as proof of the game’s skill elements. Said James, “Simply, if chance predominates, Texas Hold’em is gambling. If skill predominates, it is not gambling.” Later, James closed with, “It is apparent that skill predominates over chance in Texas Hold’em poker.”