SC Supreme Court to hear poker arguments

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CHARLESTON, S.C. — The South Carolina Supreme Court is to hear arguments on whether poker is a game of luck or skill.

The Post and Courier of Charleston reported the justices are to hear arguments on Tuesday on an appeal of a local judge's ruling that Texas Hold'em is a game of skill, not chance. Circuit Judge Markley Dennis' ruling meant that playing the game in a private home does not violate the state's anti-gambling laws.

Attorney General Henry McMaster is appealing Dennis' decision.

Dennis' decision overturned the conviction of five people who had been arrested when police raided a card game in Mount Pleasant four years ago. The judge said skilled players generally beat those with fewer skills and players improve with practice.

It's expected to be several months before the justices make a decision.

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