Judge: Poker not gambling under law

NEW YORK -- A federal judge in New York has handed a victory
to poker advocates, ruling the card game isn't gambling under
federal law because it's primarily a game of skill, not chance.

The decision Tuesday by Judge Jack Weinstein in Brooklyn is
likely to be embraced by advocates of card games who are pushing to
legalize Internet poker in the United States.

The ruling resulted in the dismissal of a federal criminal
indictment against a man convicted last month of conspiring to
operate an illegal underground poker club. The judge relied in his
decision largely on findings by a defense expert who analyzed
Internet poker games.

The judge noted the federal statute was created to combat
organized crime.

Prosecutors haven't responded to phone messages seeking comment.