24 Aug '12, 2pm

Federal Judge Rules Poker Is a Game Of Skill

[Wagering is] also used to try, for example, to force an opponent to fold their hand, and there are two relevant aspects of that strategic play. One would be a bluff. If I think you have the best hand and I want to bet an amount that is going to induce you to give up your hand, you know, that’s one element of the wager. And what’s important about that wager is not that I am betting on the outcome of some outside event, but rather the amount that I choose to bet is carefully strategically chosen in order to influence your behavior, and I choose an amount based on what I think [you] will do, given the amount that I bet, and it can go two different ways. Sort of the novice way to think about this is the more that I bet, the more likely you are to fold, because it’s harder for you to put up more money to call my bet. With more expert players, they would anticipate that effect....

Full article: http://www.thedomains.com/2012/08/24/federal-judge-rules-...

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