French find that poker is a game of skill
It is an argument that has long been debated but the age-old argument of whether poker is a game of skill or luck took a new twist in France. It has long been argued by players that there is a great deal of skill involved but the law courts and judges have always erred on the side of luck being an over-riding factor. This is annoying for players who want their wins to be acknowledged as a great feat but it has even bigger implications for gaming operators and their business plans.
It takes skill to win a poker game
If poker was to be deemed a game of skill as opposed to chance, it would not be able to be taxed under European gaming laws, which would make a massive difference for everyone involved in the community. There have been a lot of people pushing for this style of finding and the fact that it has finally been put forward will be well received by the gaming community. The battle will continue though and it is not as if this will change the gaming industry overnight but it is significant that this decision has finally been reached in a legal setting.
The Supreme Court has the final say
There is an acceptance that the Supreme Court holds the final decision and there is a strong chance that the finding that poker is a game of skill will be overturned. That means the ability to reclassify the game will not be available but there is definitely a lot of positive aspects to take from this ruling.
The fact that there was enough expert evidence provided in the court to allow the judge to form the opinion that poker is a game of skill is definitely a step in the right direction and every poker lover will be able to take something from this ruling. The gaming owners will be hoping for a change in their financial situation but every poker player will be able to say that it is skill that allows them to win on their successful games.
Okay, there will be days when it is better to be able to say that bad luck was the reason for a loss as opposed to being defeated by a better opponent but there is no doubt that this finding will shake a few people from their long held observations on the game.