Tuesday, February 25, 2014
(Washington, DC) -- The U.S. Supreme Court will not weigh in on whether poker is a contest of skill or luck. The high court's move means individuals can still be prosecuted under the Illegal Gambling Business Act for organizing games. Lawrence DiCristina had filed an appeal of his conviction under the law after he ran games of "Texas Hold 'Em" at a warehouse in Staten Island, New York. Poker advocates claim it's a game of skill, and the government is using a law that targets organized crime to punish people who set up small-stakes games.