Italian Supreme Court: Poker is a Game of Skill

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Italy's Supreme Court has ruled that tournament poker is a game of skill, removing the game from the internationally accepted definition of gambling and providing a big win to proponents of the card game.

The case stems from charges that were originally brought up against Sicily's Double Up Club in 2009, when authorities charged that the club was conducting illegal gambling operations.

A lower court ruling found in favor of the club when it decided that Texas Hold'em poker with no re-buys was in fact a game of skill, as players with proper knowledge were much more likely to come out on top.

The Supreme Court confirmed this ruling as well as noting that in 2009 there were no laws forbidding any such poker tournaments.

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Dustin Jermalowicz
Dustin has a long-standing passion for gambling. He has been writing professionally on the subject and breaking industry news for Casino Listings since 2011. His favorite casino games include Blackjack, Poker, and Hi/Lo. A proud native of Detroit, Dustin currently lives in Michigan.