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Card club manager convicted

16 January 2007

LONDON, England -- As reported by Bloomberg: "The manager of a 23,000-member private card club in London was convicted today of violating Britain's gambling laws after a jury decided poker is a game of chance, not pure skill.

"Derek Kelly argued that he didn't need a gambling license to take a share of profits from players at his club because the U.K.'s Gaming Act 1968 covers games like roulette, not skill- based games like poker or chess. The jury disagreed, and convicted Kelly of illegally taking profits of as much as 10 percent from players on two occasions at the Gutshot club.

"…The verdict issued after more than two hours of deliberations has been watched by London's 26 poker clubs, tens of thousands of players and online poker operators worldwide that generate revenue `in excess of $100 million a day,' according to Kelly…"

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