It doesn’t matter whether poker is a game of skill or chance, it violates the laws of the State of New York. Thus, said the appeals court, the conviction of Lawrence DiCristina, who was charged with operating gambling dens, would be reinstated.
DiCristina’s two-table poker games were shut down in May 2011. Following his conviction, U.S. District Judge Jack Weinstein in Brooklyn tossed out the conviction because he believed the poker games were not gambling since it was a game of skill.
Forgedaboutit, said the unanimous decision of the appeals court.
“The question of whether skill or chance predominates in poker (does not apply) to this appeal.” said the court.
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