USA Urteil: Poker Legal und Game of Skill

    • Bliss86
      Dabei seit: 03.08.2006 Beiträge: 5.562

      In dem Prozess ging es um nen Typen, der "illegales" Homegame NL Holdem angeboten hat. Der Richter hat nun praktisch bestätigt, dass NL Holdem der Skillfaktor überwiegt, allerdings sind die Gesetze der einzelnen Staaten in Bezug auf Gambling noch sehr unterschiedlich, sodass auch teilweise Skillspiele als illegales Gambling gewertet wird.

      Auf jeden Fall nimmt der Richter praktisch jedes Argument bzgl Skill vs Luck unter die Lupe und hat ne 120 Seiten Begründung geliefert, wieso es unterschiedlich zu anderen Spielen ist und weshalb der Skillfaktor überwiegt. Also ein Urteil, das nun den Stein ins Rollen bringen kann.

      Both the defendant’s and the government’s interpretations of the statute are plausible. It is unclear from the text and legislative history of the IGBA whether every state gambling offense would permit a federal conviction. See Part VI, infra. It is equally uncertain whether, in enacting the statute, Congress foresaw that poker businesses would be prosecutable under it. See Part VII, infra. In light of these ambiguities, the rule of lenity requires that the defendant’s interpretation be adopted, and his conviction be dismissed. His acts did not constitute a federal crime.
      Page 110-111: Contrary to the government’s argument, chance (as compared to skill) has traditionally been thought to be a defining element of gambling and is included in dictionary, common law, and other federal statutory definitions of it. See Part V(A)(2)-(3), (B), supra. The influence of skill on the outcome of poker games is far greater than that on the outcomes of the games enumerated in the IGBA’s illustrations of gambling. While a gambler with an encyclopedic knowledge of sports may perform better than others when wagering on the outcome of sporting events, unlike in poker, his skill does not influence game play. A sports bettor is better able to pick a winning team, but cannot make them win. In poker, by contrast, increased proficiency boosts a player’s chance of winning and affects the outcome of individual hands as well as a series of hands. Expert poker players draw on an array of talents, including facility with numbers, knowledge of human psychology, and powers of observation and deception. Players can use these skills to win even if chance has not dealt them the better hand. And as the defendant’s evidence demonstrates, these abilities permit the best poker players to prevail over the less-skilled players over a series of hands.
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