French Court: Hold'em Not A Game Of Chance

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A French court has ruled that Texas Hold'em is not a game of chance, according to a report by the website

The ruling by the French Criminal Court of First Instance states that the popular poker game is more a game of skill than a game of chance, which means that the game does not fall under general jurisdiction of French gambling laws.

The court's decision was made after hearing the defense's case that success in poker was due more to being skilled than being lucky. The court heard testimony from chess players, a professional poker player, and a math professor.

The case was brought upon after Jean-Pierre Gleizes, a poker manager and others were charged with organizing private poker games in public without a license.

If the law is upheld by a higher court, the implications could be big for the French poker industry, and include:

  • Poker not being classified by the French Online Gaming bill. Site operators could side step licensing and taxes.

  • Poker winnings could become taxable as it falls under a game of skill.

The prosecution has already appealed the case.