Dutch Court Rules Poker A Skill Game

Published Saturday, January 25, 2014 - Online-Casinos.com
Dutch Court Rules Poker A Skill Game

Where else but Amsterdam Holland would there be a great verdict such as the one just handed down by the courts there which has determined that poker is a game of skill and not chance.

The verdict is one that takes a step closer to pointing out that the Gambling Act in Holland is somewhat dated.

Steve van Zadelhoff, a poker tournament organizer won a case in 2010 that gave poker the distinction of being a game of skill and not a game of chance, Now after four years it has once again been determined 'a game of skill' in an Amsterdam court. The Dutch laws on gambling are unclear when it comes to poker both in real time and online.

Three men were arrested seven years ago for violating the Gambling Act. They were accused of organizing a poker tournament but have now been exonerated on all charges. The decision that the game of poker is one that requires skill was clearly stated and it was explained that the decision needed to be backed up by extensive research by experts in the field who have studied the “skill’s game” question.

The attorney Peter Plasman for the defendants commented after they were acquitted, “The game of poker has evolved tremendously over the years. Many people play the game today, study books and experts acknowledge the skill level has increased to a point where one can no longer speak of a game of chance”,

The law in Holland is still not firm on whether poker is a skill game or a game of chance with the Gambling Act stipulating that offering or promoting games of chance without a license is prohibited. Holland Casino is the exclusive licensee for casino gambling, including live poker. The Gambling Act is based on the antiquated Dutch Betting and Gaming Act of 1964 so there is no mention of course of internet betting or online poker thus it is illegal.

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