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What is poker in the legal sense?

by Bob Ciaffone |  Published: Aug 06, 2010

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What is poker? Before you answer, I should clarify my question. I mean, what is poker in the legal sense? When a law is drawn up, there is often a glossary of terms inserted into the law to help us understand what the law means. In both gambling laws and other laws, the way that a word is used in everyday speech may not correlate very well with how a word is used in a particular law. Let’s look at the word “gambling.” My dictionary gives the following as a main definition: “To risk money or anything of value on the outcome of something involving chance.” I would accept that definition. Now, let’s look at some definitions used in state laws. New York: A person engages in gambling when he stakes or risks something of value upon the outcome of a contest of chance or a future contingent event not ...


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