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German Poker Pro Appeals Taxes On Winnings

Poker: Game Of Luck Or Skill? Answer Will Decide German Court Ruling

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A former poker player is appealing against having his winnings of more than $1 million taxed. According to Tax-News.com, the test case is being looked into by a tax court in Cologne, which will have to conclude whether or not the game relies on luck or skill in order to reach a decision.

The tax authorities have demanded tax to be paid on the German player’s winnings from 2001 to 2008 with the argument that professional poker players are carrying out a commercial activity, relying on skill rather than chance.

The plaintiff’s argument is that his success relied mainly on luck and that skill and a player’s influence does not guarantee a win.

Earlier this week a judge in the U.S. ruled poker was a game of skill while a Dutch academics published a paper suggesting poker was a skill game.

A verdict will be decided upon this year. In the meantime, hundreds of poker players in Germany are facing this problem.

 
 
 
 

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Cameron1
over 1 year ago

Who wins every time at anything? Even the great tennis players, golfers, nba stars etc get beat from time to time. Does that mean its not a game of skill because the best players lose from time to time? Absolutely not.

 
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Staphylococcus
over 1 year ago

Please do not win this case you selfish jerk. Ever since Black Friday, the poker community has avidly been trying to convince higher political entities that poker is a game of skill in order to regulate the industry properly. If this appeal goes through in Germany, a highly respected economic power, it will just supply fodder for ultra-conservative right movements in the US as well as other countries. Pay your damn taxes fool. If you don't know that poker is a game of skill after you played it for 7 years, then you are either a liar or an idiot. Ein Lügner oder ein Idiot.

 
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