But is online poker illegal? This seemingly simple question is hard to answer. At the heart of the debate is another question, one that Attorney General Eric Holder won’t answer: Is poker a game of skill or luck? A recent study, by Freakonomics co-author Steven Levitt, argues that winning in poker takes a lot of skill.
Lobbyists are pushing lawmakers to agree. The U.S. makes up the largest marketshare of worldwide online poker players. And it’s a multi-billion dollar industry some legislators want legalized, regulated and taxed.
Should the U.S. legalize online poker? Do you play online poker? Is poker a game of skill or chance?
- Charles Nesson: Harvard Professor of Law and Founder of Global Poker Strategic Thinking Society
- Nick Stowell: Professional Online Poker Player
- Jeff Marotta: works with individuals seeking help from problem gambling, and is a Senior Consultant for Problem Gambling Soultions