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Contracts and Poker: Advertising Poker Tournaments

by Scott J. Burnham |  Published: Sep 23, 2020


A poker player in Vermont saw an ad for a series of 12 tournaments to be held in a New Jersey casino that stated “$150,000 in prize money.” The player booked a hotel and traveled to New Jersey, planning to play in the tournaments. After the first tournament was played, the casino canceled the rest of the series due to lack of interest. The player sued the casino, claiming that the false and deceptive advertising induced him to spend money on travel that was wasted. Will the player recover? That question recently came to the intermediate appellate court in New Jersey after the lower court held against the player. But the court did not answer the question. On TV lawyer shows, it seems like courts are quick to answer legal questions without much fuss. But when you are unfortunate enough to be involved in litigation, you find that real cases ...

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