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Contracts and Poker: Government Regulation

by Scott J. Burnham |  Published: Dec 19, 2018


A player claims that a casino took his tournament entry fee knowing that he was a compulsive gambler. Does the player have a claim against the casino? Poker tournaments are generally conducted pursuant to rules such as those promulgated by the Tournament Directors Association or those applicable to particular tournaments, such as the World Series of Poker or the World Poker Tour. All of these rules, like the rules that govern other contracts, are ultimately subject to government regulation. Fortunately, these regulations rarely crop up in the context of a poker tournament, but they are always hovering in the background. With some important exceptions, gambling is regulated by the states rather than by the federal government. The default rule is that gambling is illegal, so any form of gambling is permitted only when the government has affirmatively allowed it. That is why even your home game or your March Madness ...

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