N.Y. illegal poker games case rejected by court

Feb 24, 2014 8:09 PM

Don’t ask the Supreme Court whether poker is a game of skill or chance. On Monday, the court declined to take the case of a New York man convicted of running illegal poker games in a Long Island warehouse.

Poker supporters had hoped the Supreme Court would take the case and reverse the decision of a lower court that the activity violated New York’s anti-gambling laws.

The case originally found favor with a lower court judge who ruled poker was a game of skill and the better players were more likely to win. That decision was set aside by the Appeals Court.

By rejecting the case, the high court supported the Appeals Court decision.

Ray Poirier is the longtime executive editor at GamingToday.

Contact Ray at [email protected].

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