Court: Poker Game of Chance, not Skill
Posted May 1, 2007
Raleigh, N.C. — The North Carolina Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that poker is a game of chance, not skill.
Howard Fierman wanted to open a poker parlor at a house in Durham. Under North Carolina law, betting on games of chance is illegal, but Fierman argued poker is a game of skill.
A Durham County judge disagreed and rejected the club.
The state Appeals Court ruled that while skill can enhance a player’s chance of winning, the luck of the draw means poker is ultimately a game of chance.