Is poker a game of chance? Court decisions

Is poker a game of chance? When is poker legal and under what circumstances is it a punishable offense? How does criminal prosecution of online poker look like? Questions upon questions and unfortunately there are no clear answers in Germany. Online poker for real money seems to be completely stuck in a grey area, since the Germans usually play at foreign poker rooms. This brings up the question if the player plays at home (where his computer stands) or abroad (where the server of the poker room stands).

 

In most other countries the situation is the same. Only in Turkey logging in at a poker room is sufficient in order to receive an administrative penalty and thousands of online poker players have already felt the effect of that. By passing the Unlawful Internet Gaming Enforcement Act (UIGEA) the USA have put the kibosh on the ability of online poker players to fund and withdraw money from their online poker accounts.

 

We made a list of different court decisions in Germany and abroad available that can be downloaded below and which will be updated at irregular intervals. Form your own opinion about sense and nonsense of these decisions.

1 Poker tournaments - Sentence of the Federal Court on provisional measures

2 Poker ban: Authority has to check it again

 


  1 Poker tournaments - Sentence of the Federal Court and provisional measures

  • Article of the ESBK (Suisse Gambling Commission) on the sentence ot the Suisse Federal Court on an appellant procedure of the Suisse Casino Association (SCV) against the poker orders of the ESBK on September 15th 2008
  • Language: German


  2 Poker ban: Authority has to check it again

  • Press release of the Higher Administrative Court Nord Rhine-Westphalia on the legitimacy of poker tournaments on 10th of June 2008, Münster 
  • Language: German