The Legal Aspect Of Poker
As we have just seen in the case of fantasy sports, the way in which some laws are written about the game is very important when a specific activity must be governed by one or another regulation.
Illegal gambling has always been a significant source of income for criminal organizations. In addition, the physical gambling industry requires that the law prohibit gambling outside the licensed premises so that its existence is possible.
The laws that have been issued to deal with these issues have always encountered the problem that the game has a social component. People like to play with their family group and their circle of friends, and there are games as ingrained and with as much public acceptance as chess that their competitions have no place in a casino. So the laws are forced to distinguish both the spirit and the nature of the game.
In the case of the spirit of the game, the basis of the distinction is the spirit of enrichment. When it is not well delimited, we see cases as bizarre as a raid in a day center because they play bingo with cents for prizes like a bottle of oil.
In the case of the nature of the game, lawmakers usually set the limit on whether a game requires skill or not. From this comes this fixation of players in distinguishing poker as a game of skill and proponents of their prohibition in denying it, especially in the United States. There are those who have been saved from jail thanks to it .
Much of the opposition to offering people absolute freedom to play online poker has a moral root. Both the prohibition established in the United States and the closed market offered in Spain are based on consumer protection, with a clear component of criminalization of the game.
Gambling is identified with vice and, therefore, state supervision is imposed or of businessmen such as Adelson, who ensures that in their enclosures do not enter minors, gamblers and, in general, the population sector more defenseless against moral corruption associated with game.
In this context, it is important to deny that an activity such as poker is a game of skill, because when the ideological battle for politics is taken, many online poker advocates would welcome a compromise solution that would maintain the ban on the rest of the game if the poker is allowed based on that distinction.
In addition, no matter how little we like it, it is permissible for someone to consider that the skill when making a bet does not have the least impact on the fact that making a bet is immoral or, as I think happens in the case of Sheldon Adelson, That this is a sufficient distinction over other casino games.