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French Court Rules Poker Is A Game Of Skill

Court's Decision Will Be Appealed

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A Toulouse court has ruled that poker is a game of skill after hearing a case against defendant Jean-Pierre Gleizes. The Frenchman was accused of organizing and running private poker events in public without proper licensing.

The court’s decision that poker should not be considered a game of chance is paramount to the case and would exempt Gleizes from France’s illegal gambling laws.

The defense brought forward numerous experts to demonstrate their claim including a professional poker player, a mathematics professor and even top-ranked chess and bridge players.

The prosecution has decided to appeal the court’s decision and now the case will be heard on the Conseil d’Etat, which acts as France’s Supreme Court.