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Contracts and Poker: Player Deals

by Scott J. Burnham |  Published: Nov 22, 2017


A tournament comes down to three players. The players agree that they will “chop” the prize money three ways, but will play out the tournament to determine who gets the trophy. Is the agreement enforceable? The previous articles in this series have discussed the terms in the implied contract that is formed between the player and the casino when a player enters a poker tournament. On occasion, the terms are found in an express contract. For example, when a player enters into an event sponsored by the World Series of Poker or the World Poker Tour, the sponsor requires the player to enter into a detailed written agreement. Most players sign these contracts without reading them, just as they might agree to an internet contract that indicates they agree to the terms and conditions with a “click here.” In fact, contract law says this objective manifestation of assent does bind ...

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