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Contracts and Poker: Force Majeure

by Scott J. Burnham |  Published: Sep 26, 2018


On Tuesday, I entered a super satellite and won an $1,100 entry into the Arizona State Poker Championship. There were three day one flights scheduled for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Survivors from the three flights would play on Monday, and the tournament would conclude on Tuesday. I chose Saturday for my day 1. On Saturday morning I headed to the Talking Stick casino, only to be turned away at the entrance to the parking lot. I was told that the casino was closed because of a power outage and flooding caused by a monsoon the night before. In contract law, there are rules that govern this situation. Normally, if you don’t do something you are obligated to do in a contract, you are in breach. An exception may arise if your performance becomes impossible or impracticable (not impossible, but really, really hard) because of an unforeseen event that is outside ...

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