Judicial confusion in poker cases

Mar 3, 2009 5:05 PM
The Insider by Ray Poirier |

You can’t blame these South Carolina poker players from being confused.

First, they were arrested for promoting a Texas Hold’em tournament. Through their lawyer they argued that South Carolina law prohibited games of chance but that their poker playing was really a game of skill.

They appeared before Judge Larry Duffy, who gave a preliminary opinion that he agreed with the players. In his opinion, poker was a game of skill.

A few days later, he issued his ruling, basically agreeing with the defendants’ arguments that the Texas Hold’em poker game hinges on skill.

Then, he found them guilty of illegal gambling and ordered them to pay a $262 fine.


The poker players said they will appeal.