August 23, 2012 1:42 AM by Smash
NBC Dallas/Fort Worth – A federal judge ruled Tuesday that poker is more a game of skill than chance and cannot be prosecuted under a law created to stop organized crime families from making millions of dollars from gambling.
The decision by Judge Jack Weinstein in Brooklyn was embraced by advocates of card games pushing to legalize Internet poker in the United States. The judge relied extensively on the findings of a defense expert who analyzed online poker games.
This is a big ruling for poker fans, and possibly even a step in the right direction for sports betting fans everywhere.
As I mentioned in this post back on April 11th, I said I disagree with about 80% of everything Colin Cowherd has to say. However, I have been listening to “The Herd” everyday and must say, I have completely done a 180 on him. Not only do I agree with about 95% of everything he says, he makes great points on subjects like this one (most of my disagreeing came from him loving LeBron and me denying that he is in fact, an unbelievable athlete).
Cowherd mentioned everyone has luck. Whether it is bad luck or good luck, everyone has it. He brought up the point that the guys playing poker as a career and doing it for the reason that they are good at it, not because of luck. You see the same guys there every year. That doesn’t happen because of luck.
Who knows if this really will do anything for sports betting but we can only hope this opens some peoples eyes. Tax me on my winnings the same way horse betting does. I just don’t understand why it is still illegal. Win-win for everyone. Money for the states…maybe money for the players.
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