Men Acquitted as Dutch Court Rules Poker is a Game of Skill
Three men have been acquitted by an Amsterdam court after being charged with violating the country’s Gambling Act. The men were caught seven years ago arranging a live poker tournament, however, the judge has now ruled that poker is a game of sill, not chance, and therefore the men did not break the law.The ruling took such a long time as a group of experts was given the task of conducting extensive research into the game. The Dutch Gambling Act says that offering or promoting games of chance without a license is prohibited.
After the verdict attorney Peter Plasman who represented the three men said, “The game of poker has evolved tremendously over the years. Many people play the game today, study books and experts acknowledge the skill level has increased to a point where one can no longer speak of a game of chance.”
Unfortunately for poker players in Holland the ruling doesn’t clear the way for them to organize live poker tournaments. The law hasn’t changed and whoever is caught is likely to have to go through a similar lengthy trial and there is no guarantee that the next judge would reach the same conclusion.