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Internet poker crackdown II



Ashby Jones's post (which links to lots of other news coverage) suggests that the recent indictment "could test the claim by the poker site operators that operating a poker site online isn't illegal because, they say, as a game that involves skill, poker is not gambling." I think the odds of that are zero. Just as the federal government nabbed Al Capone for tax evasion, the government is very carefully avoiding having to litigate over the legality of poker: the crux of the allegations are violations of bank reporting law. The defendants could be selling Beanie Babies; the legality of the underlying transaction isn't going to excuse the technical violation. I'd be surprised if any of these cases even go to trial: the power of the prosecutor's cudgel will encourage a plea bargain. Earlier.

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