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Full Tilt Poker Owners Look For Help From 'Poker Is Game Of Skill' Ruling

DOJ Doesn't Think The Ruling Has Bearing On Matter At Hand


The defense for Howard Lederer, Chris Ferguson and Rafe Furst — three men named in an amended civil complaint tied to April 2011’s Black Friday — have requested a “status conference” in their case in light of a recent legal opinion that declared poker to be a game of skill, according to a letter filed by an attorney close to the matter.

About a week ago, Jack Weinstein, a U.S. Judge in New York, said that poker does not constitute illegal gambling under the Illegal Gambling Business Act — viewed by many poker supporters has a major victory.

The defense for the Full Tilt Poker defendants argue that “the opinion has significant implications” for their legal trouble.

According to the letter, many motions to dismiss the first amended complaint have been filed. The government can file another amended complaint on or before September 10.

The letter adds: “How the government approaches a potential amended complaint, and how the defendants approach moving for its dismissal, are both matters which can be more efficiently handled if the parties have an opportunity to make the Court aware of their plans and views in light of DiCristina.”

In a letter in response from the government, prosecutors are asking the judge to deny the request for a status conference.

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8 years ago

A ruling from a United States District Court does not make law. Only Appelate Court decisions make law. Meaning that only decisions made by a United States Appelate Court or Supreme Court are enforceable decisions. Period. Period.


8 years ago

Yeah. Longway to go.