Lithuania Declares Gambling "Dangerous to Society"

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This week the Lithuania Supreme Court issued a ruling in a case regarding poker training, ruling that gambling is dangerous to society as a whole.

The case revolved around a defendant claiming that being offered poker training as a form of gambling promotion. The defendant in the case signed a contract where he'd get training and split the winnings. The agreement also stated that while profits would be split, losses should be repaid to the plaintiff. The court heard the case and revolved around gambling promotion, which became illegal in the country.

The Supreme Court ruled in favor of the defendant and was biting in chastising gambling, saying its not in the public interest.

A statement from the court read in part: "After examining the case, the Supreme Court of Lithuania pointed out that a clear legal policy regarding gambling is being formed in Lithuania - such activities are not encouraged and considered dangerous to society, therefore gambling is restricted and controlled by various legal acts.

"The Supreme Court of Lithuania, finding that the agreement promoted gambling and that the plaintiffs sought to involve the defendant in gambling, declared the agreement contrary to public policy (ie the public interest), and dismissed the action."

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10 November 2021 - 6:07pm

That is a very loud statement to say that gambling is dangerous to society. Illegal gambling- yes, irresponsible gambling- yes. But in general, I don't think so.