Illegal Gambling Business Act
The Supreme Court may be asked to decide under what circumstances poker is gambling prohibited by federal law. A petition for certiorari filed on Nov. 13, 2013 asks the Court to take the matter up in the coming term.
The 2nd Circuit reversed U.S. v. DiCristina because the Illegal Gambling Business Act did not require the prosecution to demonstrate playing poker violated federal law.
Ending an age-old debate, a federal judge ruled last week that poker is primarily a game of skill, not chance, tossing out the conviction of a N.Y. man previously found guilty of violating the Illegal Gambling Business Act.