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Colorado Judge Agrees, Poker Is A Game Of Skill
28 January, 2009


Just like Pennsylvania, a judge in Colorado agreed that poker is a game of skill.

According to the, Kevin Raley organized friendly poker games at a bar and was arrested, via a sting operation, for charges of illegal gambling.

Colorado law defines illegal gambling as "risking any money, credit, deposit, or other thing of value for gain contingent in whole or in part upon lot, chance, the operation of a gambling device, or the happening or outcome of an event, including a sporting event, over which the person taking a risk has no control, but does not include bona fide contests of skill."

Raley and four others faced jail time for illegal and professional gambling charges but with the help of the Poker Players Alliance—who helped in Raley's defense and secured an expert witness, Professor Robert Hannum of the U of Denver—they were able to convince a judge that poker was a game of skill.

"The PPA is pleased with the outcome of this case. It is further confirmation that poker is indeed a game of skill, not chance," explained PPA Colorado state director Gary Reed.

"At the same time, the not guilty verdict cements the rights of Colorado citizens to enjoy the American pastime of poker and will allow law enforcement to use its scarce resources to investigate real unlawful activity in the state, not poker games."

Raley was not concerned, even after his arrest, and was confident the truth would literally set him free.

"The five of us all assumed that once all the facts were known to the DA, they would drop the charges," Raley told the

"We never assumed we would go clear to court."

And if Raley wasn't proud of his affiliation with the PPA before, he was now.

"I am pleased that the jury agreed that my actions in organizing a poker league did not constitute illegal gambling," he said.

"As a proud member of the PPA, I want to thank them for their support of my case."

According to the, the charges of professional gambling were dropped and the illegal gambling charges would carry a fine of up to $100.

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