Poker 'Game Of Skill' Ruling Has Life Beyond NY Reversal

Law360, New York (August 7, 2013, 6:39 PM EDT) -- The Second Circuit's reversal of a federal judge who held that poker is a game of skill, not illegal gambling, was based narrowly in New York statutory language and may do little to blunt the influence of the provocative opinion as other state courts grapple with gambling prosecutions and lawmakers mull gaming policy, legal experts say.

The "game of skill" case involves Lawrence DiCristina of Staten Island, N.Y., who was convicted by a federal jury of conspiracy and illegal gambling in July 2012 under the Illegal Gambling Business Act after he was charged with running an illegal card game.

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