So says a Pennsylvania judge. A couple of guys were running a $1-$2 no-limit game out of their garage. Apparently, someone wasn't invited and called the cops. Eventually, charges were filed and the case landed on the desk of Columbia County Judge Thomas James.
We'd like to picture the honorable Judge James looking over his glasses at the prosecutor, disgust in his eyes, as he said, "Texas hold’em poker is a game where skill predominates over chance." We also like to imagine the Good Judge had just won a huge pot the night before at his own neighborhood poker game.
So, poker is a game of skill. Case closed. Of course, Tom Dwan probably wasn't too happy to hear the judge's ruling...
After logging a $5.4 million year in 2008, Tom "durrrr" Dwan has endured a bone-shattering $3 million loss so far in January.
So, who's been cleaning his clock? Well, Patrik Antonius is a pretty good bet. He's up $3 million in January. Gus Hansen isn't far behind with a $2.4 million take so far in 2009.
Dwan's a damn good player, of course. So, we're thinking he'll ride the storm out and come back swinging.
"I'll Flip You For It."
Recently, Phil Ivey and Ilari "Ziigmund" Sahamies showed us what it feels like to not worry about the global economy circling the drain. On a Full Tilt Poker table, they agreed to flip over $400,000.
They had been going back and forth when "Ziigmund" suggested they both go all in for their banks. Always up for a challenge, our man Ivey agreed.
Unfortunately, it wasn't his day. He looked good through the flop, but the turn killed him.
Well, that's a wrap for this week. To summarize...
- We're all skilled professionals
- Dwan may need a loan soon
- Ivey and Sahamies have way too much money